Get ready to do your taxes
COVID-19: Processing delays for T1 paper returns and adjustment requests
- CRA is experiencing delays in processing paper income tax and benefit returns and requests to change returns.
- File your 2019 taxes online as soon as possible and register for direct deposit to get refunds faster and avoid interruptions to benefit and credit payments
- If you already filed a 2019 paper return that has not been processed yet, you can file it again online using NETFILE certified tax software. This does not include returns that the software says must be paper-filed or that are excluded from electronic filing.
- Submit your requests for changes electronically, using Change My Return in My Account or ReFILE. If you have already submitted a request to change your return by mail that has not been processed yet, you may be able to submit it again electronically.
Deadline: The due date for filing individual tax returns was extended to June 1, 2020. Taxpayers will have until September 30, 2020 to pay any 2019 income tax amounts owed.
If you’re self-employed or have a spouse or a common-law partner who is self-employed, the deadline to file your taxes was June 15, 2020. All taxes owed must be paid by September 30, 2020.
Doing your taxes is easier than you think. There are many services available to help you this tax season.
Need your information slips? No problem.
Getting your information slips is easier with My Account
Gather your information slips (such as your T4s), your receipts, your previous tax year's notice of assessment, and a copy of last year's return to use as a model.
You should have received most of your slips and receipts by the end of February. If you can't get a slip to do your tax return or if you don't receive your slips, you may be able to get them in My Account.
Ways to do your taxes
Do your taxes online
View the list of software options. These are software packages from private companies, some of which are free. Follow the directions to install the software and enter your tax information when the software asks you to.
The CRA's Auto-fill my return feature is available through all NETFILE-certified software for the 2019 tax year. This secure service automatically fills in certain parts of your income tax and benefit return. The service will save you time and reduce possible typing errors in filling your return. To use the service, you must be registered for My Account.
Get someone to do your taxes for free
If you have a modest income and simple taxes, a volunteer at a free tax clinic may be able to complete your return. Free tax clinics are generally offered between February and April across Canada, while some are open year-round.
Looking for more information on how to do your taxes?
Follow this step-by-step guide on how to do your taxes
Once you're ready to do your taxes, check out our step-by-step guide to get started. You will find the information you need, including a link to all the benefits and credits you may be entitled to. This page also includes instructions on how to send a payment if you owe taxes or change your return if you made a mistake.
You may be eligible for certain benefits and credits, such as the Canada child benefit, the GST/HST credit, and related provincial or territorial benefits and credits.
Increase your refund or reduce the amount of tax you pay by claiming your deductions, expenses, and tax credits.
Understand your rights and obligations and find out what benefits and credits you may be entitled to.
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