EFILE news and program updates

What's new

Important dates and changes for the upcoming filing season starting in February 2017

 

News and program updates

January 11, 2018

Attention: Last day to transmit T1 tax returns and T1 Form T1135

The CRA’s EFILE service will stop accepting transmissions of your clients’ 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 initial (T1) personal income tax and benefit returns and 2015 and 2016 amended T1 returns through the ReFILE service at 11:59 p.m. local time on Friday, January 19, 2018 in order to convert our systems to prepare for the next filing season.

Both services will re-open on Monday, February 26, 2018 at 8:30 a.m. (Eastern time) for the electronic filing of your clients 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 initial personal income tax and benefit returns and 2015, 2016 and 2017 amended T1 returns. Thank you for your continued support and participation.

Please ensure you transmit any initial or amended T1 returns and T1 Form T1135 before January 19, 2018 to avoid having to wait until the new program starts or having to paper file during this extended period.

The following services will still be available after January 19, 2018:

  • Corporation Internet Filing for Corporation Income Tax (T2) returns. 

Note: You must have renewed your EFILE number and password and passed suitability screening to continue to file T2 returns using your EFILE number and password. Or you will need to use a web access code. Go to canada.ca/revenue-agency/corporation-internet for more information.

  • Electronic filing of Form T1013.

Note:  You must use the current-year version of the tax software to electronically submit the 2016 form through the T1013 transmission web service until 8:00 p.m. on Friday, February 9, 2018. When the T1013 web service re-opens at 8:30 a.m. Monday, February 12, 2018 it will only accept the 2017 version of this form.

January 4, 2018


Service interruptions – System maintenance

The Canada Revenue Agency's systems will be undergoing annual maintenance. As a result, the following service interruptions will occur during the time frames noted below:

  • The EFILE service will stop accepting transmissions of your clients’ 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 initial (T1) personal income tax and benefit returns and 2015 and 2016 amended T1 returns through the ReFILE service at midnight (Local time) on Friday, January 19, 2018. Both services will re-open on Monday, February 26, 2018 at 8:30 a.m. (Eastern time) for the electronic filing of your clients 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 initial (T1) personal income tax and benefit returns and 2015, 2016 and 2017 amended T1 returns.
  • The Auto-fill my return service will no longer be available for the 2015 and 2016 tax years as of 8:00 p.m. on Friday, February 9, 2018 (Eastern time). The service will re-open on Monday, February 12, 2018, at 6:00 a.m. (Eastern time), to provide 2017, 2016 and 2015 tax year data to allow you to automatically fill in parts of T1 income tax and benefit returns.
  • T1135 transmission web service for T1 will be temporarily unavailable from 8:00 p.m. on Friday, January 19, 2018 until 8:30 a.m. on Monday, February 26, 2018 (Eastern time).
  • T1013 transmission web service will be temporarily unavailable from 8:00 p.m. on Friday, February 9, 2018, until 6:00 a.m. on Monday, February 12, 2018 (Eastern time).
  •  The EFILE online service "Transmission history" will be unavailable from 8:00 p.m. on Friday, January 19, 2018, until 8:30 a.m. on Monday, February 26, 2018 (Eastern time).

Note: There will be no service interruptions to the following EFILE online applications: "Register for EFILE", "Yearly renewal" and "Account maintenance".

December 29, 2017 

Service interruptions - System maintenance

The Canada Revenue Agency's systems will be undergoing annual maintenance. As a result, the following service interruptions will occur during the time frames noted below:

  • EFILE and ReFILE web services will be temporarily unavailable from 6:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 4, 2018, until 8:30 a.m. on Monday, January 8, 2018 (Eastern time).
  • The Auto-fill my return (AFR) and Express NOA services will be temporarily unavailable from 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 until 6:00 a.m. on Monday, January 8, 2018 (Eastern time).
  • T1013 transmission web service will be temporarily unavailable from 8:00 p.m. on Friday, January 5, 2018, until 6:00 a.m. on Monday, January 8, 2018 (Eastern time).
  • T1135 transmission web service will be temporarily unavailable from 6:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 4, 2018, until 8:30 a.m. on Monday, January 8, 2018 (Eastern time).
  • The Pre-authorized debit web service will no longer be available for the 2016 tax year as of 6:00 p.m., December 31, 2017 (Eastern time). The service will re-open on Monday, February 26, 2018, at 8:30 a.m. (Eastern time).
  • The EFILE online Transmission History will be temporarily unavailable from 6:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 4, 2018, until 8:30 a.m. on Monday, January 8, 2018 (Eastern time).

Note: There will be no service interruptions to the following EFILE online applications:  "Register for EFILE", "Yearly renewal" and "Account maintenance". 

October 23, 2017

Electronic Services - 2018 Program

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

Did you know that the collaborative efforts of EFILERs and the CRA accounted for 66% of T1 returns filed in Canada last year?

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:

  • EFILE 
  • Express Notice of Assessment service (Express NOA)
  • ReFILE
  • Corporation Internet Filing
  • T1135 transmission web service
  • T1013 transmission web service
  • Client Data Enquiry (CDE)
  • Auto-fill my return service (AFR)
  • Online Mail

If you renew between October 23, 2017 and January 19, 2018

  • Update your tax preparation software with your newly assigned password to continue transmitting T1013 and T1135 forms, filing T2 returns, transmitting 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 T1 returns and submitting T1 adjustments for the 2015 and 2016 tax years using the ReFILE service offered in select certified EFILE software, even though your EFILE Helpdesk may not have fully completed the suitability screening process.
  • Any transactions during this time period will fail if your software has not been updated with your newly assigned password.

If you DO NOT renew your account between October 23, 2017 and January 19, 2018

  • Continue to use your current password to transmit T1013 and T1135 forms, transmit T2 returns, and transmit 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 T1 returns and submitting T1 adjustments for the 2015 and 2016 tax years using the ReFILE service offered in select certified EFILE software until January 19, 2018 when we stop accepting T1 transmissions temporarily to convert our systems for the next filing season.
  • To continue to transmit T1013 forms, transmit T1135 forms and file T2 returns after January 19, 2018, 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 cra.gc.ca/efile. Please familiarize yourself with the information on these pages before using EFILE. 

IMPORTANT NOTE: You have to complete a T183 form for each initial and amended T1 return you transmit.

As you know, the CRA conducts a suitability screening process each year before prospective and existing electronic filing applicants are permitted to electronically file income tax returns on behalf of their clients. This process may take up to 30 days. Please submit your application or renewal as early as possible to avoid unnecessary delays.

How to renew

  • Make an online request at cra.gc.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 new 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.

 

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 CRA EFILE webpages for answers to your most frequently asked questions.
  • If the answer is not available on our webpages, call your EFILE Helpdesk
Report a problem or mistake on this page
Please select all that apply:

Privacy statement

Thank you for your help!

You will not receive a reply. For enquiries, contact us.

Date modified: