Tax Tips from the CRA

The 2021 tax-filing season has begun and the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) understands that many Canadians are facing challenging situations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Below are some tips and links to help you get ready, simplify your filing experience, and help you receive the benefits, credits, and deductions you may be entitled to. Remember, the deadline for most Canadians to file is April 30, 2021.

Online filing

File online using certified software and sign up for direct deposit to avoid mailing delays, and get your refund, benefits, and credits faster.

Last year, 90% of Canadians filed their returns online. Don’t miss out!

Entering COVID-19 benefit payments on your tax return

Home office expenses for employees

Benefits, credits, and deductions

Are you a northern resident?

You may qualify for the northern residents deductions if you lived in a prescribed zone for a continuous period of at least six consecutive months.

Are you, your spouse or common-law partner self-employed?

The deadline for self-employed individuals and their spouse/common-law partner to file is June 15, 2021. All taxes owed must still be paid by April 30, 2021. Wouldn’t it be great to know that you are doing things right, before you file your tax returns? We’re here to help you understand your tax obligations. The CRA’s Liaison Officer service offers free virtual guidance and support, over the phone or by videoconference, so you can better understand your tax obligations, possible tax deductions, and how to avoid common tax errors.

More questions?

Go to canada.ca/taxes-get-ready.

Need help?

Volunteers from the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program may be able to complete and file your taxes for free by videoconference, phone, or through a document drop-off arrangement.

Want to help?

Consider becoming a volunteer if you want to help others get their benefits and credits.

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