How do you pay your instalments?
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What are the payment methods?
To pay your instalments, choose one of the following methods:
- My Payment (Visa Debit®, Debit Mastercard®, and Interac Online®)
- online banking
- pre-authorized debit (not applicable when using EFILE)
- credit card (through third-party service provider)
- in person at your financial institution or at a Canada Post outlet with your personalized voucher
For more information, go to Payments to the Canada Revenue Agency.
Form INNS3 will be included in the instalment reminder package that we send you in the mail, unless you pay your instalments through pre-authorized debit.
You can order more vouchers:
- online through:
- by phone through our automated TIPS line at 1-800-267-6999
If you make a payment that your financial institution does not honour, including a payment on which you put a stop-payment, we will charge you a fee.
When do you have to pay your 2020 instalments?
You have to pay your instalments for 2020 on:
- March 15
- June 15
- September 15
- December 15
Farmers and fishers – If your main source of income is self-employment income from farming or fishing, you have to make only one instalment payment per year. You will receive an instalment reminder in November and you have to make the payment by December 31 of the current year.
When a due date falls on a Saturday, a Sunday, or a public holiday recognized by the CRA, we consider your payment to be paid on time if we receive it or if it is postmarked on the next business day.
The date your payment will be considered paid will depend on the method you use:
- My Payment (Visa Debit®, Debit Mastercard®, and Interac Online®) – the date your financial institution credits us with your payment
- online banking – the date your financial institution credits us with your payment
- pre-authorized debit – the negotiable date
- credit card (through third-party service provider) – the date your financial institution credits us with your payment
- at your financial institution or Canada Post – the date stamped on your INNS3 receipt
Deceased person – If an individual who has to pay tax by instalments dies during the year, instalment payments due on or after the date of death do not have to be paid.
If your instalment payments are late or insufficient, you may have interest and penalty charges.
What happens after you make a payment?
You can verify in My Account if the payment has been applied to your online balance. We will not immediately send you a receipt, so you should keep proof of your instalment payment until you receive Form INNS2, Instalment Payment Summary, or the payment has been applied in My Account.
What happens if you overpaid?
You can ask for a refund of an overpayment of your instalments by sending a letter to your tax centre or by calling 1-800-959-8281. We will review the matter on a case-by-case basis.
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