Are you self-employed? The Canada Revenue Agency can help you understand your tax obligations

April 11, 2024

Ottawa, Ontario

Canada Revenue Agency

If you're self-employed, navigating your tax obligations may seem complicated. But don't worry, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is here to help you! To get ready for tax-filing season, we've put together helpful tips and information for self-employed individuals.

The 2023 tax-filing deadline for self-employed individuals is June 15, 2024

We encourage Canadians to file their taxes as soon as possible, not only this year but every year. You have until June 15, 2024, to file your 2023 tax return if you or your spouse, or common-law partner, are self-employed. Since June 15, 2024 falls on a Saturday, you will be considered to have filed on time if we receive your return on or before June 17, 2024.

The 2023 payment deadline is April 30, 2024

Although your 2023 tax-filing deadline is June 15, 2024, your payment is still due on April 30, 2024.

If you cannot pay your balance owing, we can work with you on a payment arrangement or a pre-authorized debit (PAD) agreement. Payment arrangement options have been expanded to reflect current realities. The Payment Arrangement Calculator has also been added to My Account and My Business Account. This self-service tool allows you to submit a payment arrangement  without having to contact the CRA. If the proposed payment arrangement does not meet the CRA payment policy, a CRA officer will contact you to complete an acceptable arrangement.

Liaison Officer service

We offer a free Liaison Officer service to owners of small businesses and self-employed individuals to help you understand your business tax obligations. A meeting with a Liaison Officer is 100% confidential; the information you choose to discuss with a Liaison Officer will not be shared with other areas of the CRA, or anyone else.

You can request a meeting using the Liaison Officer Service Request Form -

Online tools to help you file

Sign up for direct deposit and file online to get your refund faster! If you file online and have direct deposit, you can receive your refund in as little as eight business days!

Using the CRA’s digital services is the fastest and easiest way to view and manage your tax and benefit information. We encourage you to register for My Account and My Business Account before filing your return, and have all your tax information for filing your return on hand.

The CRA’s Get ready to do your taxes page has information on online filing, deadlines, and other helpful links.


If you need to make a payment to the CRA, there are online options that are faster, easier, and more secure than mailing a cheque:

If you still wish to make a payment in person, you can pay:

To see all the payment options, go to our Payments to the CRA page.

Indigenous Peoples

Before filing your tax return, make sure you are aware of the benefits, credits and requirements that apply to you.

To learn more about filing your income tax and benefit return, check out Taxes and benefits for Indigenous Peoples. This page outlines options to make it easier to file a tax return and get your benefits and credits.

Things to keep in mind:

For more information, go to our small businesses and self-employed income page and employer-employee relationship questions and answers. You can also check out our questions and answers about filing your taxes page for more answers to common questions. This page will be updated periodically to incorporate changes that may affect you during tax-filing season.


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