Individual income tax return statistics for the 2024 tax-filing season

Returns received by filing method

The four methods for filing taxes
Returns received from February 5, 2024 to July 14, 2024
Filing method Number of returns Percentage of total
EFILE     18,826,507        59.7%
NETFILE     10,402,805           33%

SimpleFile by Phone (SFP)

[formerly File My Return (FMR)]

           47,282          0.2%
Total - electronic     29,276,594           92.9%
Paper       2,233,478             7.1%
Total - all methods     31,510,072           100%

Electronic filing methods

EFILE is a service that lets authorized service providers and discounters send individual income tax return information to the CRA directly from the software used to prepare the tax return. For more information, see EFILE for individuals.

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

SimpleFile by Phone (SFP) is an automated phone service that allows eligible individuals to file their returns over the phone. For more information, see SimpleFile by Phone.

Returns processed by results 

Proportion of return's results
Returns processed from February 8, 2024 to July 15, 2024
Assessment Result Number of returns Total dollar value Average amount per return Percentage of refunds
Refund by cheque    3,741,961   $7,716,863,224   $2,062   21%
Refund by direct deposit  14,424,704 $33,077,446,619   $2,293   79%
Total refunds  18,166,665 $40,794,309,843   $2,246 100%
Balance owing    7,419,444 $56,844,077,798   $7,662 n/a
Nil return    5,618,005 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.

Processing statistics 

Total number of returns processedFootnote 1
Tax-filing season EFILE % NETFILE % FMR % Paper % Total
2023 19,210,489 60% 10,480,741 32% 52,957 0% 2,531,362   8% 32,275,549
2022 18,435,282 59% 10,165,119 32% 52,713 0% 2,628,160   8% 31,281,274
2021 17,966,537 58% 10,052,648 33% 61,465 0% 2,841,858   9% 30,922,508
2020 17,574,311 57% 10,063,127 33% 69,634 0% 3,125,003 10% 30,832,075
2019 17,520,996 58%   9,103,302 30% 66,543 0% 3,656,091 12% 30,346,932
Total number of current year returns processedFootnote 2
Tax-filing season EFILE % NETFILE % FMR % Paper % Total
2023 18,123,563 60% 10,080,904 33% 52,942 0% 2,043,327   7% 30,300,736
2022 17,495,718 59%   9,813,951 33% 52,712 0% 2,126,378   7% 29,488,759
2021 17,036,887 59%   9,700,628 33% 61,464 0% 2,265,197   8% 29,064,176
2020 16,706,414 58%   9,647,130 33% 69,634 0% 2,530,392   9% 28,953,570
2019 16,685,114 59%   8,804,645 31% 66,543 0% 2,905,171 10% 28,461,473

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