Tax Time Information
Why, When, How and Where to file in 2018
Why Do Your Taxes?
- To keep getting important benefits like your Child Tax Benefit, Guaranteed Income Supplement and social assistance payments
- To avoid interest and late-filing penalties
- To get a refund and your GST tax rebates (if you qualify)
Feb 26th 2018 – online filing opens
March 1st 2018 – Deadline for contributing to an RRSP
April 30th 2018 – Filing Due Date for the 2017 tax return
June 15th 2018 – filing deadline for self employed persons
How and Where Can I File My Taxes?
Many people choose to file their own return online using certified tax preparation software (some of which are free). By early February, the list of certified software for the 2017 tax year will be available on the CRA website at canada.ca/netfile . Online filers with a My Account can also take advantage of the Auto-fill my return service, which automatically fills parts of their income tax and benefit return.
Filing by Paper
This year, the Agency is making it easier for paper tax filers to do their taxes by mailing them their forms and guides directly.
Canadians who filed on paper last year will receive their tax packages by February 26, 2018.
Others who want to file on paper can:
- Order or download what they need online at canada.ca/get-cra-forms
- Order by calling the CRA at 1-855-330-3305 (for service in English) or 1-855-330-3310 (for service in French) starting February 5th
- Obtain a package from Canada Post or Service Canada
Weekday Clinics: Monday to Friday 10:30 - 5:30
Saturday Clinics: All Saturdays in April from 10:30 - 5:30
Clients accepted before 5:30pm!
Community Volunteer Income Tax Programs help those with a modest income and a simple tax situation.
To be eligible, the income should be:
- below $30,000 for an individual
- below $40,000 for a couple
- below $35,000 for an individual with dependant
For more information, please go to canada.ca/taxes-help
Filing over the phone
The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is launching a new service for the 2018 tax‑filing season to help eligible individuals with low or fixed income do their taxes.
With the new File my Return service, eligible individuals will be able to file their income tax and benefit returns simply by giving some personal information and answering a series of short questions through an automated phone service. **important note: this is not the general inquiry line.
File My Return is free, secure and easy to use. There are no paper forms to fill out or calculations to do.
File my Return will be available for eligible individuals who have low income or a fixed income whose situations remain unchanged from year to year. Those who are eligible will receive an invitation letter in the mail in mid-February 2018.
After Filing Your Return
The Canada Revenue Agency’s goal is to issue a notice of assessment within eight weeks of receiving a paper individual income tax return, and within two weeks of receiving a digital individual income tax return. The CRA aims to meet this standard 95% of the time.
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