Authorize a representative: Overview

From: Canada Revenue Agency

1. Overview

When you authorize a representative, they have access to your tax information on the accounts you choose. They can then help you manage your tax information with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

With authorization, your representative could do one or more of the following:

  • access your personal tax information
  • view your personal tax assessment or reassessment
  • get information about your business tax accounts
  • update some of your business number and program account information
  • access your non-resident tax information
  • ask for changes to your non-resident tax account

Your representative's authorization stays in effect until you or your representative cancel it or it reaches the expiry date you choose.

For information on how to cancel authorization, go to Cancel authorization.

Who can be my representative

Your representative is a person, a group of people, or a business that you authorize to deal with the CRA for you, such as:

  • an accountant
  • a bookkeeper
  • your spouse or common-law partner
  • another family member
  • a friend
  • a lawyer
  • a customs broker
  • an executor
  • a power of attorney
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