To receive benefit and credits to which you’re entitled to, you need to:
The due date for filing individual tax returns was extended to June 1, 2020. Taxpayers will have until September 30, 2020 to pay any 2019 income tax amounts owed.
For those who are self-employed, or who have a spouse or common-law partner who is self-employed, the deadline to file your tax return was June 15, 2020.
If you file your 2019 tax return after September 30, 2020, make sure you have paid any amount you owe by September 30, 2020 to avoid the late-filing penalties. After this date, the CRA will charge interest on any amount you owe until your balance is paid.
When filing a tax return for a deceased person, the due date for the return will depend on the date of death, and if the person owned a business in 2019.
The due date for filing the return of a surviving spouse, or common-law partner who was living with the deceased, is the same as the due date for filing the deceased person’s final return.
However, any balance owing by the surviving spouse or common-law partner, still has to be paid on or before September 30, 2020.
Get everything you need to calculate your income and support any credits, deductions and expenses you’ll claim.
If you were employed or had an investment income in 2019, your employer or financial institution will send you statements commonly referred to as ‘’slips’’. Here are some common examples:
If you have not received a tax slip for the current year, or you misplaced it, you can ask the issuer of the slip for a copy. You can also get copies of your slips by logging into the Canada Revenue Agency’s My Account service.
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You will find a list of certified desktop, online, and mobile software products at canada.ca/netfile-software. Some of these products are free of charge.
If you filed your taxes on paper last year, the CRA will automatically mail you the 2019 Income tax package by February 17, 2020.
Those who are eligible will have received an invitation letter in the mail in mid-February 2020.
If you have a modest income and a simple tax situation, volunteers at free tax clinics may be able to do your taxes for you, in-person, for free! Free tax clinics are generally offered between March and April across Canada, with some even open year-round. To learn more, or to find a tax clinic near you, go to Canada.ca/taxes-help.
Keeping your personal information up-to-date with the CRA can save you time when doing your taxes. Tell the CRA if any of the following has changed:
It is important to let the CRA know about these changes as soon as possible, to make sure you get the right benefit and credits you are entitled to.
Income is money you earn through employment, self-employment, and investments you have, or benefits you receive. On your return, you must report income from all sources, both inside and outside Canada. This is true even if you were paid in cash, which includes money you earn as a side job or tips you have received.
Reduce the amount of tax you pay by claiming your deductions, expenses and tax credits. You’ll have to use the receipts and records you kept during the year to support your claims.
There are several ways to send your tax return to the CRA. This depends on how you decide to complete your return.
By software (electronically)
Regardless of how you submit your tax return, you must keep all your tax documents for at least six years. If you claimed expenses, deductions or tax credits, make sure you keep all your receipts and any related documents in case the CRA asks to see them.
If you file online and are registered for online mail, you could get your notice of assessment (NOA) shortly after you file your tax return using the Express NOA service.
If you file your tax return online and choose direct deposit, you could receive your refund in as little as eight business days. If you send us a paper tax return, it generally takes eight weeks before the CRA issues your notice of assessment and any refund.
There are many ways to make a payment to the CRA. To avoid interest or penalties, make sure you pay any amount you owe by September 30, 2020. After this date, the CRA will charge interest on any amount you owe until your balance is paid. Interest applies after September 30, even if you are self-employed.
If you forgot to include information or made a mistake on your tax return, wait until you get your notice of assessment from the CRA. Then, you can change your return.