Appendix B – Data elements – TFSA return summary

When a monetary value is required you must report the amount in Canadian dollars and cents. For more information, see Income Tax Folio S5-F4-C1, Income Tax Reporting Currency. You must make reasonable efforts to determine fair market value when it is required to be reported. Do not report negative values, as negative values on the TFSA electronic record will result in the record being rejected.

Required data elements for a TFSA return summary
Field names Comments
Business number (BN)

15 alphanumeric characters – 9 digits – RZ – 4 digits

Example: 123456789RZ0001

In order to process a return, the complete BN is required.

Summary type code Original = O
Amendment = A

An amended return cannot contain an original slip. An original return cannot contain an amended or cancelled slip.
Reporting year Enter the tax year: 4 numeric characters (for example 2020).

Make sure that the year you enter is the same as the year on the transaction dates of the individual records.
TFSA identification number 8 numeric characters.

A TFSA identification number is the number we assign to each specimen that has been accepted by the Registered Plans Directorate. For more information, go to Registered plans administrators, and select “Tax-Free Savings Account administration.”
Total number of TFSA slips Enter the total number of transaction records included in this summary. Maximum of 7 numeric characters.
Filer name – line 1 If an ampersand (&) is used in the name area, enter as “&amp.” Maximum of 35 alphanumeric characters.
Filer name – line 2 Maximum of 35 alphanumeric characters
Filer name – line 3 Use this line for “care of” or “attention.” Maximum of 35 alphanumeric characters.
Filer address – line 1 Maximum of 30 alphanumeric characters.
Filer address – line 2 Maximum of 30 alphanumeric characters.
Filer city Maximum of 28 alphanumeric characters.
Filer province or territory code Enter the Canadian province, territory or the state in the U.S.A. in which the filer is located.

Use the abbreviations listed in the T619, Electronic transmittal record, under the section “Transmitter province or territory code.”

When the TFSA holder’s country code is neither CAN nor USA, enter ZZ in this field.
Filer country code Use the alphabetic country code (3 alpha characters), as outlined in the International Standards Organization (ISO) 3166, Codes for the representation of names of countries and their subdivisions.

Always use CAN for Canada, and USA for the United States of America.
Filer postal code Enter the TFSA filer’s Canadian postal code, format: alpha, numeric (for example: A9A9A9) or the USA zip code. Where the country code is neither CAN nor USA, enter the foreign postal code (maximum 10 alphanumeric characters).
Contact surname Enter only the contact’s surname (maximum of 30 letters). Omit titles, such as Mr. or Mrs., and do not include the first given name or initials. Do not use French accents. If it is a compound name, do not use a hyphen or space.
Contact given name Enter only the contact’s first given name (maximum of 30 letters). If only the initials are available, provide the first initial. Do not use French accents. If it is a compound name, do not use a hyphen or space.
Contact telephone number Enter 3 numeric characters with a hyphen (-) followed by 3 numeric characters with a hyphen (-), followed by 4 numeric characters.
Contact extension number Maximum of 5 numeric characters.
Contact email address Maximum of 60 alphanumeric characters. Enter the contact’s email address. This is the only way we will advise you that information has been posted on “My Business Account,” which will indicate the status of the TFSA annual information return and the individual records being rejected. If you are the representative, use the Represent a Client service.
Total contributions amount Enter the total amount of all contributions.
Total withdrawals amount Enter the total amount of all withdrawals.
Total calendar year-end fair market value (FMV) Enter the total FMV. The FMV must also include the FMV of accounts that had no activity during the year.
Total transfers out – marriage breakdown amount Enter the total amount of transfers out as a result of marriage breakdown, if applicable.
Total transfers in – marriage breakdown amount Enter the total amount of transfers in as a result of marriage breakdown, if applicable.
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