We get it — filing your annual taxes to the Canadian government isn't very fun. Spending even more to have someone file them for you can be even less fun.

If you're looking to get your taxes filed on time without shelling out for professional help, there are plenty of free, easy-to-use websites and programs to get you there. Better yet, these programs are set up for you to file your returns online, so you can even skip the walk to the mailbox.

Nearly two-thirds of Canadians are now filing online, which the government is happy to encourage. This year, for the first time, you won't need a code to Netfile and first-time filers can also now use the online option.

Netfiling sends your tax information directly to the Canada Revenue Agency, which means it's easier to check for errors and there's no need for waste paper or to send receipts. And the best part: your return is filed faster, which means money in your pocket sooner if the government owes you.

Most Canadians are eligible to netfile, but you should read the CRA's restrictions to make sure you qualify.

For do-it-yourself types, there's a ton of at-home tax software options out there, including many with free options. If you're a full-time student or have low income, some companies that usually charge a fee will let you file for free. Other companies, like Simple Tax and GenuTax are completely free.

Filing your taxes on your own is ideal for people with uncomplicated returns who have the patience to hunt down every penny of savings. If that doesn't sound like you, going to a professional may be a better choice.

Free things often have a catch. In this case, some options are limited to certain provinces, ages and type of income. Find out which free software is best for you among the CRA-certified options in the slideshow below:

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  • <strong><a href="http://simpletax.ca/">SimpleTax.ca</a></strong> <strong>Free for: </strong> Everyone <strong>Platform:</strong> Online <strong>Not supported:</strong> Quebec, Northwest Territories, Yukon or Nunavut

  • <strong><a href="http://www.genutax.ca/Default.aspx">GenuTax</a></strong> <strong>Free for:</strong> Everyone, with option to donate <strong>Platform:</strong> Windows <strong>Not supported:</strong> Quebec provincial taxes, if your business has a permanent establishment outside the province you live in.

  • <strong><a href="http://turbotax.intuit.ca/personal-tax-software/free-online.jsp">TurboTax Free Online Edition</a></strong> <strong>Free for:</strong> Anyone who <em>only </em>has T4s to file <strong>Platform:</strong> Online <strong>Not supported:</strong> Anyone with filing more than simple T4 forms, which excludes most people who aren't just starting their career or living on a pension. Self-employed persons also excluded.

  • <strong><a href="http://www.drtax.ca/en/UFile.aspx">UFile</a></strong> <strong>Free for:</strong> First-time filers, simple returns (T4s only), those with an income of $20,000 or less, post-secondary students <strong>Platform:</strong> Online <strong>Not supported:</strong> Any type of bankruptcy return, anyone who's changed the fiscal year-end of their business

  • <strong><a href="http://www.webtax4u.ca/">WebTax4U.ca</a></strong> <strong>Free for:</strong> Those filing only non-self employment income and standard deductions, with no income limit <strong>Platform:</strong> Online <strong>Not supported:</strong> Self-employment or rental income, expenses that are receipt based, Quebec provincial taxes

  • <strong><a href="https://www.eachtax.com/secure/home.php">EachTax.com</a></strong> <strong>Free for:</strong> New customers, those with an income of $25,000 or less <strong>Platform:</strong> Online <strong>Not supported:</strong> Quebec provincial taxes

  • <strong><a href="http://www.etaxcanada.com/">eTaxCanada</a></strong> <strong>Free for:</strong> Students, those with an income below $25,000 <strong>Platform:</strong> Online, Windows, Mac <strong>Not supported:</strong> Rental income, partnership income and all forms of self-employment

  • <strong><a href="https://www.fastneasytax.com/ca/?utm_expid=61424883-1&utm_referrer=http%3A%2F%2Fnetfile.gc.ca%2Fsftwr-eng.html">Fast N Easy Tax</a></strong> <strong>Free for:</strong> Anyone with an income under $20,000 <strong>Platform:</strong> Online <strong>Not supported:</strong> Quebec, Northwest Territories, Yukon and Nunavut, rental income or self-employed business statements, return with limited partnership including tax shelters

  • <a href="http://www.taxchopper.ca/">Tax Chopper</a> <strong>Free for:</strong> Full-time students, those with an income of less than $25,000 if single or $30,000 if married <strong>Platform:</strong> Online <strong>Excluded:</strong> Quebec provincial returns and non-resident returns

  • <strong><a href="http://www.hrblock.ca/services/free_online_taxes.asp">H&R Block At Home</a></strong> <strong>Free for:</strong> Those with an income under $20,000 <strong>Platform:</strong> Online

  • <strong><a href="https://www.taxnic.ca/Default.aspx">Taxnic</a></strong> <strong>Free for: </strong>Full-time students, Yukon residents, single returns with income under $20,000, multiple returns with income under $25,000 <strong>Platform:</strong> Online <strong>Not supported:</strong> Quebec provincial return

  • <strong><a href="http://www.mytaxexpress.com/help04.html">myTaxExpress</a></strong> <strong>Free for:</strong> Those with a total income under $25,000 <strong>Platform:</strong> Windows, Linux Not supported: Quebec provincial return

  • <strong><a href="http://www.futuretax.ca/netfile/index.php">FutureTax</a></strong> <strong>Free for:</strong> Those with a family income under $10,000 <strong>Platform: </strong>Windows <strong>Not supported: </strong>Quebec provincial tax returns, non-residents

  • <strong><a href="http://www.taxfreeway.ca/">TaxFreeway</a></strong> <strong>Free for:</strong> Total incomes under $20,000 <strong>Platforms:</strong> iPad, Mac, Windows <strong>Not Supported:</strong> Quebec provincial returns,

  • <strong><a href="http://www.taxtron.ca/">TaxTron</a></strong> <strong>Free for:</strong> Full-time students and those with a total income under $31,000 <strong>Platform:</strong> Mac, Windows <strong>Not supported: </strong>Some restrictions apply for Quebecers, see website for details

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