Microsoft plans to start distributing tax software through its Windows Store to help Canadians navigate Canada, including through the Canada Revenue Agency.
The software is part of a $100 million upgrade to the Microsoft Tax software for the Windows platform, which has been updated since 2013.
The Microsoft software will be available through Microsoft Marketplace starting Monday, the company announced Wednesday.
The program, which Microsoft said is being made possible by a $2.6 billion corporate gift, will help Canadians get the latest tax guidance, including on filing, tax credits and more.
It’s a major shift for Microsoft, which previously had no tax software, although it was available for free on Windows.
The company also announced a partnership with the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. (CMHC) to offer the software for consumers to get help with their taxes.
“Canada is a dynamic place and the changes made by the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and the Canada Child Benefit will enable Canadians to use Microsoft Windows to get tax information quickly and efficiently,” said Phil Spencer, the head of Microsoft Canada, in a statement.
The Canadian government will be the lead on tax software.
Canada is currently the only country in the world that offers both Microsoft Tax and Microsoft Canada Revenue Services.
A Microsoft spokesperson confirmed the partnership and said the company will provide Canadians with tax software and software to learn more about their tax obligations.
The partnership with CMHC will also allow Canadians to get additional information about their income and other financial information through a tax software application.CMHC will make it easier for Canadians to file their taxes by offering a tax plan, and will offer tax software for people to get advice on how to pay their taxes.
We are committed to helping Canadians to make smarter decisions about their taxes and investing in their economic future.”