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It’s that time for tax filing deadlines, i.e. April 30th in Canada and April 15th in the U.S.  How can this process be made less stressful or perhaps more rewarding?

  • Allow returns to be filed any time in the calendar year (which altruistically helps stagger workloads for tax authorities)
  • Permit opting out of completing schedules too complicated (i.e. ‘taxing’) to understand or interpret
  • Permit filers to select any background colours for forms, so they feel more personal
  • If filing a paper return, provide an environmental opt-out option, so that supporting slips and forms are not required in order to help save trees
  • Have a lottery-type option: permit the deliberate filing of one form incorrectly, and it it’s not caught by the tax authority within one month of filing, no tax is owing; however, if it is caught in that time, then you have to negotiate for favourable terms
  • Allow a one-time ‘mulligan’: if the filer is too tired or busy to complete the return on time, let that person add the applicable information to next year’s return, without any penalty tax
  • Anyone getting a refund can request a letter of congratulations to accompany their cheque or deposit notification
  • Anyone having to pay can request a condolence card with handwritten notes of empathy

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