Filing your taxes on paper

January 6, 2022

Ottawa, Ontario

Canada Revenue Agency

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) strives to help millions of Canadians with different personal situations to easily understand and manage their taxes. No matter how you decide to file, we're committed to making sure you get the benefits and credits you're entitled to.

Income tax package delivery

If you filed on paper last year, the CRA will automatically mail you the 2021 income tax package by February 21, 2022.

The package you will receive includes:

If you haven't received your package by February 21 or need publications or forms not included in it, you can:

It's important to file on time

Remember to file your income tax and benefit return by April 30, 2022. By doing so, you will avoid interruptions to any credits or benefits you may be entitled to, such as the Canada child benefit, goods and services tax / harmonized sales tax credit, child disability benefit, and guaranteed income supplement.

Since April 30, 2022 falls on a Saturday, your return will be considered filed on time if:

Online services are fast, secure and convenient

It's easy to make sure your tax information is up to date! To save time, you can easily update your personal information using My Account or the MyCRA mobile web app. If you move or change marital status, it's simple to let us know.

Besides updating your information, you can also view:

If you're looking for the fastest and easiest way to do your taxes, file your taxes online. You should also sign up for direct deposit and My Account early to get your refund faster and avoid any delays.

Our service standard is to issue your notice within two weeks of receiving your digital return. Due to COVID-19, the CRA may take 10 to 12 weeks to process paper returns. The CRA will process them in the order they are received. Canadians who file electronically and who are signed up for direct deposit may get their refund in as little as eight business days.

Last year, we received over 91% of tax returns electronically. By filing electronically you can receive quick confirmation that we have accepted your income tax and benefit return.

Several NETFILE certified software products are available, some of which are free. Go to to see the list of products. NETFILE is fast, easy, and convenient. If you're registered for My Account, you can use Auto-fill my return to quickly fill in parts of your return with information the CRA has on file. You can also use the Express NOA service to view your notice of assessment in your software, right after your return has been received and processed by the CRA.

Other ways you can file

How to get more information

If you need a quick answer to a question, you can ask Charlie the friendly chatbot. Charlie will help you find the information you need to file your income tax and benefit return! You can find Charlie on the CRA homepage and many of our other web pages on

You can also view our filing your income tax and benefit return on paper page for specific information.

You can go to our Get ready to do your taxes page. It has information on deadlines, and other tax tips that can be helpful for you. You can also get answers to frequently asked questions about filing your taxes at These pages will be updated as of late January 2022.


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