Get ready to do your taxes – Personal income tax

Find out what's new for 2020 and your filing and payment due dates, gather your documents to report income and claim deductions, and choose how you want to file and send your completed tax return to the CRA.

Understand your rights as a taxpayer and who should file a tax return.

Steps to get ready for 2020 taxes

  1. Find out what's new

  2. Be aware of key dates for 2020 taxes

    Filing and payment due dates for taxes, contributions, instalment payments, and any amounts you may owe

    Filing dates for 2020 taxes

    • Apr 30, 2021: Deadline to file your taxes
    • Jun 15, 2021: Deadline to file your taxes if you or your spouse or common-law partner are self-employed

    Payment date for 2020 taxes

    • Apr 30, 2021: Deadline to pay your taxes
  3. Know what to report and claim

    • Report your income

      What to report as income, including COVID-19 benefits, self-employment income, foreign investments, assets, or other earnings

    • Claim deductions, credits, and expenses

      Find tax deductions, credits, and expenses such as home office expenses for employees to reduce your tax owing

    • Get your tax slips

      Understand your tax slips like T4 and T4A, when you will receive them, and how to get copies

  4. Keep your CRA information up-to-date

  5. Find a way to file your taxes

    File your taxes online or by paper, or find other options to have someone else complete them for you:

    • Certified tax software (electronic filing)
    • Authorize a representative
    • Community volunteer tax clinic
    • Discounter (tax preparer)
    • Paper tax return
    • Automated phone line (File my Return)
  6. Send us your completed tax return

    File your tax return electronically or send your completed tax return by mail

  7. Make a payment or wait for your refund

  8. Review: After you file your tax return

    Get your notice of assessment, find out the status of your refund, or make a change to your tax return

Other tax situations


Canada child benefit

Claim the Canada child benefit.

Canada workers benefit

Learn about the Canada workers benefit.

GST/HST credit

Learn about the GST/HST credit.

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