File your return by the deadline: Last-minute tax-filing tips to help you
April 27, 2022
Canada Revenue Agency
Are you a last-minute filer? If you are, you are not alone. Check out the information below to streamline your tax-filing experience.
The 2021 tax-filing deadline for most individuals is April 30, 2022
Since April 30, 2022 falls on a Saturday, your tax return will be considered filed on time if:
- we receive it on or before May 2, 2022; or
- it's postmarked on or before May 2, 2022.
You have until June 15, 2022, to file your tax return if you or your spouse or common law-partner are self-employed. Please visit our Are you self-employed? The Canada Revenue Agency can help you understand your tax obligations tax tip for helpful information.
If you owe taxes to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), your payment will also be considered paid on time if we receive it, or it is processed at a Canadian financial institution, on or before May 2, 2022.
If you received COVID-19 benefit payments in 2020, filed your 2020 tax return and qualified for interest relief, you have until April 30, 2022, to pay any outstanding income tax debt for the 2020 tax year and avoid future interest charges. This interest relief only applies to your 2020 taxes owing and not to previous tax debt or other debts with the CRA.
If you received benefits issued by the CRA in 2021, such as the Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB), Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB) and Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB), you should have received a T4A information slip. Residents of Quebec should have received a T4A slip and an RL-1 slip. For more information regarding COVID-19 benefits and T4A information slips, please visit our Received a T4A slip from us? Here’s what you need to know tax tip.
T4A information slips from the Government of Canada for COVID-19-related benefits will also be provided online if you’re registered for My Account and have full access.
Information from your T4A information slips, including COVID-19-related benefits, is available when you use the Auto-fill my return service in certified tax filing software. This service automatically fills in parts of an income tax and benefit return with information that the CRA has on file at the time of the request. To use the service, you must be registered for My Account and have full access.
Avoid interruptions to your benefit and credit payments
Filing your tax return before the deadline is essential to make sure to avoid interruptions to any credit and benefit payments you are eligible for. It also makes sure that you get your refund on time, if applicable.
Get your refund faster and avoid any delays by signing up for direct deposit and filing your return online. Our Get ready to do your taxes web page has information about online filing, deadlines, and other helpful links.
To save time, you should gather all your tax slips and supporting documents before you file. You can quickly view some of your slips online in My Account. When you register for My Account, you can also update your personal information. This includes your address, marital status, direct deposit information, and more! Save time and use My Account to update this information instead of calling us.
Important information regarding legislation
The draft legislation that includes the enhancement to the Eligible Educator School Supply Tax Credit and the Return of Fuel Charge Proceeds to Farmers Tax Credit has not received Royal Assent. Once the legislation has received Parliamentary approval, the CRA will process the tax returns with these refundable credits.
There are different ways you can file your income tax and benefit return. You can file:
- with NETFILE-certified software;
- through the services of an electronic filer who is certified to use our EFILE service;
- if you are eligible, through the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP); or
- with File my Return (if you are eligible, you should have received an invitation letter).
If you choose to file electronically on your own, there are a variety of NETFILE-certified software products to meet your needs. Some of the software products are free.
To use information from your tax return to authenticate when you call the CRA, you’ll need an eight-character alphanumeric NETFILE access code (NAC) before filing. This unique code can be found to the right, beneath the notice details area on the first page of your previous notice of assessment (NOA). If you are registered for My Account, you can also use Auto-fill my return in certified tax software to retrieve your NAC.
Get your notice of assessment
If you’re registered for My Account, you can obtain your in certified tax software. It will be available right after we receive and process your return. This year, your Express NOA is also available in My Account in the same timeframe. The PDF of your NOA will appear in My Account on the assessment date noted on your Express NOA.
Get free tax help
If you have a modest income and a simple tax situation, volunteers at a free tax clinic may be able to file your return for you. Free tax clinics are available in person and virtually. To find out if you’re eligible and to find a tax clinic, go to our Free tax clinics page.
Track your return and refund status
Use My Account to quickly check your return and refund status online. You can also use it to see and manage other tax and benefit information. This includes your NOA, Tax-Free Savings Account (TFSA) and Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) limits, and benefit payment dates.
For more information
If you’re looking for more helpful information, you can visit these pages:
You can also use these resources to find the information you’re looking for:
- Try Charlie the chatbot for quick answers to common questions. Charlie is on the CRA homepage and many other of our web pages on Canada.ca.
- Call 1-800-959-8281. Telephone agents can help you, Monday to Friday, from 8 am to 8 pm, local time, and Saturday, from 9 am to 5 pm (local time), except on holidays.
- Call the automated Tax Information Phone Service (TIPS). TIPS can help all day, every day. Call 1-800-267-6999.
For Television and Radio
The following audio clips can be used for TV and radio.
- It is important that Canadians file on time to avoid interruptions to credit and benefit payments to which they may be entitled. It also ensures that they get their refund in a timely manner.
- While some taxpayers may owe money after filing, in many cases taxpayers end up with a refund. For many, it literally pays to file.
- The filing deadline is midnight, May 2nd as April 30th falls on a Saturday. For those who are self-employed, the deadline is June 15th as usual.
- The quickest way to file and receive a refund is by filing online and signing up for direct deposit. The CRA’s My Account contains most of the information a taxpayer needs to file and more. These include TFSA and RRSP contribution room, as well as previous notices of assessment.
- Taxpayers with a more modest income and a simple tax situation, can get help from volunteers at free tax clinics and have their return filed for them. They can find out if they qualify by visiting the CRA’s free tax clinics website.
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