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Get ready to file your 2016 income tax return

Post by Guest on Sat 21 Jan 2017, 15:50

Filing deadline: April 30, 2017

Most Canadian income tax and benefit returns for 2016 are due on April 30, 2017.  However, as this date falls on Sunday this year, the CRA will consider your return filed on time and your payment made on time if they receive it by midnight on May 1, 2017, or if it is postmarked May 1, 2017.

You can file online as early as February 20, 2017.

If you or your spouse or common-law partner is self-employed, you have until June 15, 2017 to file your income tax and benefit returns.

Receiving benefit and credit payments

File your income tax and benefit return on time to make sure there are no interruptions  to your Canada child benefit, GST/HST credit, and child disability benefit payment.

Tax-filing season media kit:

Filing online—fast, easy, and secure

It's a quiet Saturday morning at Mike's home…

The kids are playing outside…

The kettle's on…

… and like millions of Canadians, Mike is getting ready to file his income tax and benefit return online.

Mike logs on to the CRA's website at, and follows the steps outlined in the “How to file your return” section.

Mike knows that being prepared will make filing his return easy. To begin, he has gathered all the information he will need in front of him, such as his receipts and social insurance number—and a cup of tea. He also signed up for the CRA's online service, My Account, several weeks ago.

With My Account, Mike can change his address, register for online mail, set up direct deposit prior to filing, access the CRA's “Auto-fill my return” service now available through some certified software, and much more.

Before starting the filing process, he also checks to see what benefits and credits he might be eligible for.

Mike then clicks “certified tax software” on CRA's get ready page and chooses one of the products listed. Some charge a fee to use and some are free. Mike has selected software that has the CRA's “Auto-fill my return” service. After Mike follows the instructions, the service automatically fills in some parts of his return with tax information for the year, such as T4 slips.

This makes Mike's job much easier—no more typing everything in by hand!

When Mike has finished entering his information, he checks it over to be sure it's correct. The software then calculates Mike's return and tells him if he owes taxes or gets a refund.

To finish, Mike sends his return online to the CRA. Once it's sent, Mike receives a CRA confirmation number, which he keeps for his records.

Filing online is fast, easy and secure—and because Mike signed up for direct deposit, he should expect his refund in his bank account in as little as eight business days.

Not bad for a morning's work! And Mike still has time to go play outside with his kids!

Visit to find out more about filing your return!

Many members have been doing their own taxes as reported here on CSAT.

It is really simple and takes very little time, the best part is that it's free, so all of your refund comes to you.

You can download free software such as Studio Tax right from revenue Canada.

There's also a free help line from the CRA to help with any questions or problems you may have when filling out your return.

If you are linked up to My Account (CRA) and have direct deposit, you can receive your refund directly deposited into your bank account.

Just thought I would post this for those who usually pay to have their taxes done and are contemplating doing them on your own.


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