How to change your return

T1 adjustment online

Submitting a T1 adjustment online is easy, efficient, and environmentally friendly with the ReFILE service. ReFILE is available in EFILE and NETFILE software for both tax professionals and individuals. Individuals can also make an online T1 adjustment with the Change my Return service in My Account.

You can request a change to your tax return by amending specific line(s) of your return. Do not file another return for that year, unless the return you want to amend was arbitrarily assessed under subsection 152(7).

Wait until you receive your notice of assessment before asking for changes to your return.

Generally you can only request a change to a return for a tax year ending in any of the 10 previous calendar years. For example, a request made in 2018 must relate to the 2008 or a later tax year to be considered.

Online

My Account 

Use My Account to make certain changes to your Income Tax and Benefit Return, such as:

  • marital status
  • address
  • direct deposit
  • email address

Change my return

Change my return (CMR) is a secure My Account service that allows you to make an online adjustment for the 10 previous calendar years.

You cannot use Change my return to change:

  • a tax return that has not been assessed
  • a tax return where nine reassessments exist for a particular tax year
  • a bankruptcy return
  • a return prior to the year of bankruptcy
  • carryback amounts such as capital or non-capital losses
  • a return of an international or non-resident client (including deemed residents of Canada, newcomers to Canada, and individuals who left Canada during the year)
  • the elected split-pension amount
  • a return where you have income from a business with a permanent establishment outside your province or territory of residence (you have to complete Form T2203, Provincial and Territorial Taxes for 2017 - Multiple Jurisdictions)
  • a return that was arbitrarily filed by CRA under subsection 152(7)

In any of these cases, go to By mail below.

ReFILE

To use ReFILE, you must have filed electronically the tax return for the year(s) in question. 

Individuals can change their T1 return online for the 2017 and 2016 tax years with certified NETFILE software.

An EFILE service provider can change your T1 return online for the 2017, 2016, and 2015 tax years with EFILE certified software.

There are situations where you cannot use ReFILE. To find out about the exceptions, go to What does ReFILE exclude?

For more information about this service, go to ReFILE

By mail

Send both of the following to your tax centre:

  • a completed Form T1-ADJ, T1 Adjustment Request, or a signed letter giving details of your request (including the years of the returns to be changed), your social insurance number, your address, and a telephone number where we can call you during the day
  • all supporting documents for the change, including those for the original assessment, unless you have already sent them to us

Note 

If your return was arbitrarily assessed by CRA and you would like to make a change, you must file a paper tax return for the year(s) in question. 

Send your current year return separately from any request to change a return for another year.

Processing times

  • online, usually within 2 weeks
  • by mail, usually within 8 weeks

It may take longer if:

  • Your request is sent in spring or early summer
  • Your request needs more review
  • We have to contact you or your authorized representative for more information or documentation
  • Your request is to adjust multiple tax returns, or tax years beyond the normal three-year reassessment period
  • Your request is for a bankruptcy return
  • Your request is related to a deceased taxpayer
  • Your request is related to a carryback amount such as capital or non-capital losses
  • Your request is related to an international or non-resident client
  • Your request is for the elected split-pension amount

When our review is done we will send you:

  • a notice of reassessment showing any changes to your return and
  • a letter explaining why we did not make the changes you asked for or if no changes were needed

To change your address, go to How to change your address.

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