Last-minute tax-filing tips

File your tax return before the deadline! For most Canadians, your 2019 tax return is due on April 30, 2020. If you haven’t done your taxes yet, don’t panic! Here are some tips to make last‑minute filing easier.

Make sure to file on time – You should still file your return on time, even if you cannot pay all your balance owing right away. Filing on time helps you avoid a late-filing penalty and helps avoid any delay to your benefit and credit payments.

Do your taxes online for free – Take a look at the list of certified software products. Find software that fits your budget–some are free!

Quickly fill in your return – Use Auto-fill my return to quickly and easily fill in parts of your return with the information we have on file. If you’re registered for My Account, you can use Auto-fill my return through certified software products.

Get your taxes done for free – If you have a modest income and a simple tax situation, a volunteer may be able to file your tax return for you, for free. To find out if you’re eligible and find a volunteer clinic near you, go to

Self-employed? Get free, in-person help – Wouldn’t it be great to know that you are doing things right, before you file your tax return? Through the Liaison Officer service, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) offers free in-person support and guidance to self-employed individuals with no tax consequences.

Pay online – You can pay your taxes online in different ways. These ways include online banking, the CRA’s My Payment service, or setting up pre-authorized debit from a Canadian financial institution.

We’ve also made it easier than ever to pay your balance. Using the new “Proceed to pay” buttons conveniently located throughout My Account, you can choose the payment method that works for you with the assurance that the amount will be automatically associated to the balance you want to pay.

Explore payment arrangements – If you can’t pay the full amount you owe before the deadline, you may be able to make a payment arrangement. If you’re eligible, a payment arrangement will let you make smaller payments over time until you pay your entire balance, including interest.

Change your return – Don’t worry, it's easy to fix a mistake if you realize you’ve made one after filing. But before you can, you have to wait until you get your notice of assessment from the CRA.

Track your return and refund status – Use My Account to quickly check your return and refund status online. As well, you can see and manage other tax and benefit information, such as your notice of assessment, TFSA and RRSP limits, and benefit payment dates.

File an income tax objection – If you think we misinterpreted the facts of your tax situation or applied the tax law incorrectly when we assessed or reassessed your tax return, you can file an income tax objection.


For general inquiries:
Canada Revenue Agency

For reporters:
Media Relations

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