2D Bar Code

CRA-certified software produces two-dimensional (2D) bar codes that contain the information needed to assess your return. We use bar code scanners to capture the information on our processing systems.

CRA-certified software produces a T2 Bar Code Return that contains the corporation's identification information, a summary of the financial data, bar codes, and a certification area.

The paper quality and print legibility of your T2 Bar Code Return have to meet our standards and must be printed on one side only. Use paper that is as durable as the 32M paper we use to print our forms. The print quality has to be clear and dark enough to read and photocopy easily.

If the T2 Bar Code Return you file was not generated by software that we certified or does not meet our requirements, we will contact you to re-file the return, either in an approved format or using a copy of the forms available on our website.

Generally, certified software produces a client copy of the T2 return in addition to the T2 Bar Code Return, which looks like a CRA T2 return available on our website. Keep the client copy for your files and mail the T2 Bar Code Return to us. Do not send it by fax. We do not accept it.

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