Filing online—fast, easy, and secure
It’s a quiet Saturday morning in February at Mike’s house…
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 and use the Auto-fill my return service, to automatically fill in parts of his tax return.
Mike clicks “Find certified tax software” on the “Get ready” page and selects a free software. After Mike follows the Auto-fill my return instructions, parts of his return are automatically filled in with tax information for the year, such as information from T4 slips. This makes Mike’s job much easier—no more typing in everything by hand!
He also checks the “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.
Mike can receive his notice of assessment electronically by signing up for online mail,
Mike can also use the Express NOA service so he can view his notice of assessment right after his return has been received and processed by the CRA.
Now Mike does not have to wait!
And because Mike uses direct deposit, he should expect his refund in his bank account in as little as eight business days.
Plus, since Mike has sent the CRA his tax return, he will continue getting his benefit payments without any delays or interruptions.
Mike still has time to go play outside with his kids because filing his taxes online was fast, easy and secure.
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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