This is a pretty good idea.
It's a bit absurd to think that the federal government has the ability to receive your tax return electronically for free, but expects you to buy software to send it. Meanwhile, each year the paper forms cost Ottawa big bucks to print and ship.
Good analogy from Layton: “It’s as though 40 years ago they gave you the envelope but told you to go to Eaton’s to buy the paper forms.”
Just like the ban on ATM fees, this is another practical idea that only the NDP is bringing to the table. Can you imagine Stéphane Dion making the case for giving ordinary folks a break on tax software? Unlikely.
Besides, they are too busy griping about how they aren't in government anymore to worry about your problems.