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The CRA can help

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It's tax time! Everything you need to do your taxes this year is online at canada.ca/taxes-get-ready.

You’ll find useful information, forms, and guides to help you do your taxes, claim benefits, and pay any tax owing on time.

During tax time, the Canada Revenue Agency also offers extended evening and Saturday telephone service from February 18 until April 30, 2019. If you can't find the information you're looking for online, call 1-800-959-8281.

Save money at tax time

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You may be able to claim a number of deductions and credits to increase your refund or reduce the amount of tax you owe.

Child care expenses, medical expenses, and eligible moving expenses are just a few examples.

You may also be able to claim the Climate Action Incentive if you are a resident of Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario or New Brunswick. The Climate Action Incentive that you may be entitled to will first be applied to any balance you may have owing, and then would be added to any amount that would be refunded to you.

Take advantage of these and other deductions and credits available to taxpayers. Find out more at canada.ca/taxes-get-ready

CVITP

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Did you know you may be able to get free help to file your income tax and benefit return?

Volunteers with the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program help people with a modest income and a simple tax situation file their returns. In Quebec, it’s called the Income Tax Assistance – Volunteer Program.

Last year, more than 17, 700 volunteers helped over 703, 000 people do their taxes.

Free tax clinics are generally offered from February to April each year, but some are open year-round. Go to canada.ca/taxes-help to find a tax clinic near you.

Income Tax Assistance – Volunteer Program (Québec)

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The Income Tax Assistance – Volunteer Program is a partnership between the Canada Revenue Agency and Revenu Québec that helps eligible people who have a modest income and a simple tax situation complete their income tax and benefit returns.

Last year, more than 3,300 volunteers and 514 organizations helped over 160,000 people in Quebec do their taxes.

To learn more or to become a volunteer, go to revenuquebec.ca/volunteer.

Canada Child Benefit

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The Canada child benefit is a tax-free monthly payment made to eligible families to help them with the cost of raising children under 18 years of age.

To get the Canada child benefit you have to apply for it and do your taxes every year, even if you didn’t earn income in the year or if your income is tax-exempt. If you have a spouse or common-law partner, they also have to do their taxes every year.

The CRA uses information from your income tax and benefit return to calculate how much your Canada child benefit payments will be.

To learn more, go to canada.ca/canada-child-benefit

Canada caregiver credit

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Are you supporting someone who is dependent on you due to a mental or physical infirmity? The Canada caregiver amount is available to those supporting their spouse or common-law partner, child or other eligible relatives, even if the dependent person does not live with them.

Learn more about this and other deductions and credits available to taxpayers at tax time. Go to canada.ca/taxes-get-ready

Medical Expenses tax credit

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Did you have medical expenses? You may be able to save on your taxes.

If you paid for hospital services or medications in order to conceive a child, paid to live in a nursing home, or bought medical supplies such as pacemakers, vaccines, or walking aids, you may be able to claim the medical expenses tax credit to reduce the amount of federal tax you owe.

Medical expenses paid for yourself, your spouse or common-law partner, your dependent children (if they were born in 2001 or later), and other dependants may be eligible.

Learn more about this and other deductions and credits available to taxpayers at tax time. Go to canada.ca/taxes-get-ready

Express NOA

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Will you be getting the refund you expected?

Are you sure you don’t owe money to the CRA? Find out right away by getting an Express Notice of Assessment from the CRA.

If you file your return electronically and are registered to receive email notifications from the CRA, you can now receive an Express Notice of Assessment.

An Express Notice of Assessment will be delivered through your tax software right after your return has been received and processed by the CRA, seconds after filing.

To learn more, go to canada.ca/express-noa

Mobile apps

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The Canada Revenue Agency has mobile web apps to help you manage your tax and benefit information whenever you want, from your mobile device.

The MyCRA mobile web app lets you view important tax and benefit information, such as your notice of assessment, return status, and account balance. You can also make changes to your direct deposit information, pay your tax balance owing, and view your mail from the CRA.

The MyBenefits CRA mobile web app gives you personalized benefit information, such as your next payment dates and amounts. You can also update your marital status, make changes to your direct deposit information, and check the status of your Canada child benefit application.

To learn more, go to canada.ca/cra-mobile-apps

NETFILE Software

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Did you know there’s free certified tax software that you can use to file your income tax and benefit return online?

Filing online is fast, easy, and secure. To save you time and money, the CRA publishes a list of certified tax software packages, some of which are FREE for everyone.

To view the list of certified software, go to canada.ca/netfile

Change my direct deposit

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Need to update your direct deposit information for CRA payments?

Go to your CRA My Account at canada.ca/my-cra-account or use the MyCRA mobile web app at canada.ca/cra-mobile-apps to update your direct deposit information!

Payments

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It's so easy to pay your taxes using online or telephone banking services, the same way you pay your phone or utility bill.

You get immediate confirmation of your payment. It's a fast, convenient and secure way of making a payment at any time, from anywhere.

Do you prefer handing your payment to a person? Your remittance voucher now contains the personalized payment code or you can now generate a personalized payment code online and bring it to any post office in Canada to pay with cash or debit.

Find out more at canada.ca/payments.

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