Tax refunds

Reminder: The CRA has resumed its work to address taxpayer debt. Benefit and credit payments and tax refunds may be applied to pay down outstanding balances. If your debt repayment causes significant financial hardship, please contact the CRA directly to discuss your options – even if you have a payment plan in place already.

Learn more about how specific benefits will be impacted at

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When to expect your refund

How you file affects when you get your refund

The Canada Revenue Agency's goal is to send your refund within:

These timelines are only for returns that the CRA receives on or before their due date.

Refunds may take up to 16 weeks if you live outside Canada and file a non-resident personal income tax return.

The CRA may take longer to process your return if your return is selected for a more detailed review.

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

Why haven’t you received your refund?

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

Interest on your refund

The CRA will pay you compound daily interest on your 2022 tax refund. The calculation will start on the latest of the following three dates:

For more information, see Prescribed interest rates.

Check the status of your refund

How to check your refund status

If you reside in Canada, wait 8 weeks before contacting the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) for an update on your tax return and refund status. If you reside outside of Canada, wait 16 weeks


My Account gives you secure online access to your tax return information.

Sign in to My Account to check the status of your tax refund.

Alternative: MyCRA web app

By phone:
Check your refund status by phone
Before you call

To verify your identify, you'll need

  • Social Insurance Number
  • full name and date of birth
  • your complete address
  • line 15000 from your most recent assessment
Telephone number



No wait times

Understand your refund

If you don't understand how we calculated your refund, read your notice of assessment or call the Canada Revenue Agency for help.

By phone:
Get help understanding your tax refund
Before you call

To verify your identity, you'll need:

  • Social Insurance Number
  • Full name and date of birth
  • Your complete address
  • An assessed return, notice of assessment or reassessment, other tax document, or be signed in to My Account

If you are calling the CRA on behalf of someone else, you must be an authorized representative

Telephone number


Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut:

Outside Canada and the United States (operates in Eastern Time):

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Day Hours
Monday to Friday 8 am to 8 pm
Saturday 9 am to 5 pm
Sunday Closed

Closed on public holidays

Transfer your refund

Transfer your refund to an instalment account

You can ask the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) to transfer your refund to an instalment account for 2022 by: 

The CRA will transfer your full refund to your instalment account. It will go toward any amount owing on your tax return.

For more information, see Payments for individuals.


The CRA will not transfer your refund to pay another person’s amount owing.

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