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Important dates for the filing season starting in February 2019

The EFILE and ReFILE services are open for transmissions from February 18, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. (Eastern time), until January 17, 2020, for the electronic filing of your clients' 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 T1 personal income tax and benefit returns.

News and program updates

October 21, 2019

Electronic Services - 2020 Program

Thank you for using the Canada Revenue Agency’s (CRA) electronic services!

We are proud to work with you to continue to build on this success story, and are grateful for your hard work and dedication as we embark on another filing season.

To maintain your access for the coming year, including receiving emails from the CRA, you must renew your participation online. This will allow you to use the following electronic services:

  • Form T1013 transmission web service
  • Business authorization transmission web service
  • Auto-fill my return service (AFR)
  • Form T1135 transmission web service
  • Client Data Enquiry (CDE)
  • Corporation Internet Filing
  • EFILE
  • Express notice of assessment service (Express NOA)
  • AgriStability/AgriInvest Corporation forms transmission web service (NEW)
  • ReFILE
  • Email notifications from the CRA

The CRA conducts a suitability screening process each year before existing electronic filing applicants are permitted to electronically file income tax returns on behalf of their clients. This process may take up to 30 business days. If you fail to submit your renewal at least 30 days before January 17, 2020, or you do not pass the suitability screening process due to outstanding issues, we cannot guarantee uninterrupted service for the filing of T2 returns and the transmission of T1013 forms. Please submit your renewal as early as possible to avoid unnecessary delays.

If you renew between October 21, 2019 and January 17, 2020

Transactions during this time period will fail if your software has not been updated with your newly assigned password, so you must update your tax preparation software with your newly assigned password in order to continue:

  • Transmitting T1013 and T1135 forms,
  • Filing T2 returns,
  • Transmitting 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 T1 returns, and
  • Submitting T1 adjustments for the 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 tax years using the ReFILE service offered in certified EFILE software.

If you DO NOT renew your account between October 21, 2019 and January 17, 2020
You may continue to use your current password, until January 17, 2020 to:

  • Transmit T1013 and T1135 forms,
  • Transmit T2 returns,
  • Transmit 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 T1 returns, and
  • Submit T1 adjustments for the 2015, 2016,  2017, and 2018 tax years using the ReFILE service offered in all certified EFILE software.

As of January 17, 2020, at 11:00 p.m. eastern time, we will stop accepting T1 transmissions temporarily to convert our systems for the next filing season.

After January 17, 2020, in order to be able to transmit T1013 forms, file T2 returns, you will need to have:

  • Renewed your EFILE account,
  • Passed suitability screening, and
  • Updated your tax preparation software with your newly assigned password.

As an electronic filer, you have to comply with the electronic filing procedures that are available at canada.gc.ca/efile. You can also review the criteria for our suitability screening process on these pages. Please familiarize yourself with the information on these pages before using EFILE. 

IMPORTANT NOTE: You have to complete Form T183 for each initial and amended T1 return you transmit. Form T183 will be revised for the 2020 filing program; please ensure that you review the changes made to the form. For example, one of the changes is to the “Declaration and authorization” section where the taxpayer’s signature is required, will be at the bottom of the form.

How to renew

  • Make an online request at canada.ca/efile.
  • Click on the "EFILE Login" button located in the right side menu bar.
  • To log on, you will need your current EFILE number and password.
  • Seconds after submitting your online renewal request, it will be validated and you will receive a confirmation page.
  • The confirmation will include your newly assigned password and the EFILE Helpdesk responsible for your file.
  • Once your renewal request has undergone the suitability screening process, you will receive an email or letter to advise you of the result. 

Note:

You only need one EFILE number to file all your clients' income tax returns. Only tax preparation businesses that operate more than one location are required to have multiple EFILE numbers.
If you operate more than one location, remember to complete a separate renewal request for each EFILE number.

Have you lost your EFILE number or password?

  • Please DO NOT file a new application using the "Register for EFILE" link.
  • Simply contact your EFILE Helpdesk for assistance.

Discounter Information

  • If you are also a discounter, you do not need to renew your discounter code.
  • A revised application Form RC76 is required when information previously provided on Form RC75, Form RC76, or Form RC115 has changed.

Questions

  • Consult the EFILE webpages for answers to your most frequently asked questions.
  • If the answer is not available on our webpages, call your EFILE Helpdesk.

 

 

October 19, 2019

Electronic Filing Services Shutdown

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) administers a comprehensive suite of processing systems, applications and databases that support its personal income tax (T1) program.

Since June 2016, many system upgrades have been deployed in phases to update the electronic filing service and modernize technology components, while protecting the integrity of the tax base and ensuring benefit program delivery. As a result, error-free electronic returns that are successfully received via EFILE are now processed even more rapidly!

In its final phase and to prepare for the next filing season, a major conversion of the database structure will be undertaken in January 2020. In addition, keying fields on the return and on all federal, provincial and territorial schedules and forms will be renumbered for the 2019 tax year. Approximately 135 line numbers are currently out of sequence and will be re-sequenced. Existing line numbers of 3 and 4 digits will be changed to 5 digits. Lines currently in the 1000, 7000, 8000 and 9000 ranges are not affected.

As of January 17, 2020, 11:00 p.m. eastern time, the EFILE and ReFILE services will stop accepting transmissions, a week earlier than expected to ensure full implementation and integration of all components. This will allow for a smooth transition and will provide us with the necessary time to ensure success for such a large system conversion.

Thank you for your understanding as we implement these important system changes.

 

October 18, 2019

Important information and interruption of services for annual conversion

Prior to opening for the upcoming program, the Canada Revenue Agency's (CRA) EFILER Information System will undergo its annual conversion process.

The following services will be temporarily unavailable from Friday, October 18, 2019, at 8:00 p.m. eastern time until Monday, October 21, 2019, at 8:30 a.m. eastern time:

  • Transmission of T1 and T2 returns
  • EFILE online services (Register for EFILE, Yearly renewals, Account maintenance activities and Transmission history)
  • ReFILE service
  • Form T1135 transmission web service
The following services will be temporarily unavailable from Friday, October 18, 2019, at 8:00 p.m. eastern time until Monday, October 21, 2019, at 6:00 a.m. eastern time:
 
  • Form T1013 transmission web service
  • Client Data Enquiry service (CDE)
  • Auto-fill my return service (AFR)
  • Express notice of assessment service (Express NOA)
  • Email notifications from the CRA
  • Business authorization transmission web service
On October 21, 2019, you will receive a Lyris message inviting you to renew your participation for the 2020 EFILE program.
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