Filing online—fast, easy, and secure
NARRATOR:It’s a quiet Saturday morning in February at Mike’s home…
The kids are playing outside…
The kettle’s on…
… and like millions of Canadians, Mike is getting ready to do his taxes.
Mike goes to the “get ready” page on the canada.ca website and follows the steps outlined in the “Doing your taxes” section.
Mike knows that being prepared will make filing his return easier. To begin, he gets all the information he needs in front of him, such as T4 slips, receipts and has his social insurance number—and a cup of tea.
Mike prefers to do his taxes online because it’s fast, easy and secure.
Mike is already signed up for the CRA’s My Account service so he can do his taxes online. With My Account, Mike can access “Auto-fill my return, to automatically fill in parts of his tax return.
Mike clicks “Find certified tax software” on CRA’s get ready page and selects a free software that works with “Auto-fill my return” in My Account. After Mike follows the instructions, parts of his return are automatically filled in with tax information for the year, such as T4 slips. This makes Mike’s job much easier—no more typing in everything by hand!
He also checks the CRA’s get ready page to see what benefits, credits and tax deductions he might be eligible for. Mike can claim medical expenses, moving expenses, childcare expenses, and more to reduce the amount of tax he has to pay.
When all of Mike’s information is entered, he checks it over to be sure it’s correct. The software then calculates Mike’s taxes and tells him if he owes money or gets a refund.
To finish, Mike sends his return electronically to the CRA and receives a confirmation number, which he keeps for his records.
Having signed up for online mail through My Account and using software that offers Express NOA, Mike receives his notice of assessment right away.
And because Mike uses direct deposit, he should expect his refund in his bank account in as little as eight business days.
And since Mike has sent the CRA his tax return, he will continue getting his benefit payments without any delays or interruptions.
Not bad for a morning’s work! Filing online is fast, easy and secure and Mike still has time to go play outside with his kids!
Visit canada.ca/taxes-get-ready to find out more about how to do your income tax and benefit return online!
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