The EFILE and ReFILE services are open for transmissions from February 18, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. (Eastern time), until January 24, 2020, for the electronic filing of your clients' 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 T1 personal income tax and benefit returns.
Did you know that electronic filers can now scan T183 forms for retention?
Electronic filers can now keep a scanned version of the original T183 form signed by the taxpayer. If an electronic filer chooses to retain scanned versions of these forms, they must adhere to the requirements of Section 230 of the Income Tax Act by ensuring a minimum level of resolution in an electronically readable format, as the scanned version is considered a "record". Electronic filers must ensure that the manner of storage does not in any way change the information contained in the signed version of the T183 form provided by the taxpayer. The electronic filer and the taxpayer must retain either a scanned or paper version of the T183 form for six years from the end of the taxation year that the form relates to.
EFILE is an automated service that allows approved tax preparation service providers and discounters to send individual income tax return information to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) directly from EFILE–certified tax preparation software.
Taxpayers may take their tax slips and supporting documents to a registered tax preparer and for a fee, the tax preparer will prepare their return and send it to us electronically using EFILE.
Any firm, organization, or individual who provides tax preparation services can apply, as long as they meet the definition and requirements of an applicant and pass the suitability screening criteria.
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EFILE "certified" tax preparation software means that the developer of the tax preparation software has gone through a process with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) to verify that their product is compatible with the CRA EFILE electronic tax filing service.
To renew your account, log in with your EFILE number and password and select "Renew account" on the resulting webpage. Yearly renewal is mandatory for your continued participation in electronic filing. An invitation to renew your account will be sent each year towards the end of October.
Changes in your business may result in changes to the data you provided to us at the time you applied for, or last renewed your participation in, electronic filing. An account maintenance option is available to all registered users of EFILE.