Individual income tax return statistics for the 2018 tax-filing season

Returns received by filing method

 

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Total returns received from 2018-02-12 to 2018-12-09
Filing method Number of returns Percentage of total
EFILE 16,951,038 57.4%
NETFILE   8,698,985 29.4% 
File my Return (FMR)         47,196   0.2% 
Total - electronic 25,697,219 87.0% 
Paper   3,849,260 13.0% 
Total - all methods 29,546,479 100% 

Electronic filing methods

EFILE is a service that lets authorized service providers send tax return information to us over the Internet. For more information, see EFILE for individuals.

NETFILE allows you to file your tax return directly to the CRA over the Internet. For more information, see NETFILE. There are even free certified software products available to file your income tax return online.

File my Return (FMR) is an automated phone service that allows eligible individuals to file their returns over the phone. For more information, see File my Return

Returns processed by results 

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Returns processed from 2018-02-12 to 2018-12-10
Number of returns Total dollar value Average amount
per return
Percentage
of refunds
Refund by cheque    5,101,830

  $8,931,231,244

$1,751  31% 
Refund by direct deposit  11,543,441 $20,393,472,274 $1,767   69% 
Total refunds 16,645,271

$29,324,703,518

$1,762  100% 
Balance owing   6,870,181

$40,514,076,074

$5,897 n/a 
Nil return   5,991,086 n/a n/a n/a 

Direct deposit

For information about setting up direct deposit, see Direct deposit. If you are registered for My Account, you can apply online.

Previous-year statistics 

Returns assessed by filing method
Year EFILE % NETFILE % Paper % Total
 2017 16,599,230 57% 8,442,193 29% 4,238,982 14% 29,280,405
 2016 16,246,107 56% 8,071,902 28% 4,728,642 16% 29,046,651
 2015 15,720,437 55% 7,662,876 26% 5,397,643 19% 28,780,956
 2014 14,937,178 53% 7,197,415 25% 6,162,087 22% 28,296,680
 2013 13,954,472 50% 6,807,901 25% 7,074,741 25% 27,837,114
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