When can you expect your refund for 2018?

It is CRA’s goal to send you a notice of assessment, as well as any refund, within:

  • 2 weeks, when you file online
  • 8 weeks, when you file a paper return

These timelines are only valid for returns received on or before their filing due dates.

Due to the complexities surrounding non-resident individual income tax returns, many of these returns can take up to 16 weeks to process.

The CRA may take longer to process your return if the CRA selects it for a more detailed review. For more information, go to Review of your tax return by the CRA.

If you choose to use direct deposit, you could get your refund faster.

To find out about the status of your 2018 refund, go to How you can check the status of your refund.

Why haven’t you received your refund for 2018?

The CRA may keep some or all of your refund if you:

  • owe or are about to owe a balance
  • have a garnishment order under the Family Orders and Agreements Enforcement Assistance Act
  • have certain other outstanding federal, provincial, or territorial government debts, such as student loans, employment insurance and social assistance benefit overpayments, immigration loans, and training allowance overpayments
  • have any outstanding GST/HST returns from a sole proprietorship or partnership
  • have a refund of $2 or less

How you can check the status of your refund

Go online


  • Telerefund at 1-800-959-1956

To use Telerefund be ready to give:

  • your social insurance number
  • your month and year of birth
  • the total income you entered on line 150 of your 2017 return (if you are calling before May 1)
  • the total income you entered on line 150 of your 2018 return (if you are calling on or after May 1)

After you filed your return, wait 8 weeks to call the CRA for an update on the receipt of your return or status of your refund if you reside in Canada. If you reside outside of Canada please wait 16 weeks before you call the CRA.

Can you transfer your refund?

To your instalment account

You can ask the CRA to transfer your refund to your instalment account for 2019 by:

  • selecting this option when filing electronically
  • attaching a note to your paper return

The CRA will transfer your full refund to your instalment account and consider this payment to be received on the date the CRA assesses your return.

To another person

You cannot ask the CRA to transfer your refund to pay another person’s amount owing.

Do you get interest on your refund?

The Canada Revenue Agency will pay you compound daily interest on your tax refund for 2018. The calculation will start on the latest of the following 3 dates:

  • May 31st, 2019
  • the 31st day after you file your return
  • the day after you overpaid your taxes

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