OTTAWA, May 3, 2019 /CNW/ - After you file your 2018 return, there are a few more things you can do.
Check the status of your refund
If you're expecting a refund, there are two ways to check the status:
- go online, using My Account or MyCRA
- call the CRA's Tax Information Phone Service (TIPS) at 1-800-267-6999
If you file online and are registered for email notifications, you could get your notice of assessment (NOA) shortly after you file your tax return using the Express NOA service.
If you file online and sign up for direct deposit, you could get your refund in as little as eight business days. Direct deposit is convenient, reliable and secure.
Make your payments
There are many ways you can make a payment to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA):
- using your financial institution's telephone or online banking service
- using the CRA's pre-authorized debit service offered through My Account and MyCRA, which lets you:
- set up a payment from your bank account to the CRA on a pre-set date
- pay an overdue amount or make instalment payments
- through the CRA's My Payment service, which lets you make payments online. You can use this service if you have Visa® Debit, Debit MasterCard® or Interac® Online at a participating financial institution
- by credit card, PayPal or Interac e-Transfer through a third-party service provider
- in person at any Canada Post outlet using cash or a debit card with a QR code you can generate using MyCRA.
Learn more about making a payment to the CRA.
Even if you can't pay your taxes right away, you should still file your return on time to avoid a late-filing penalty. You may be able to make a payment arrangement with the CRA by:
- calling the CRA's TeleArrangement telephone service at 1-866-256-1147
- calling the CRA's debt management call centre at 1-888-863-8657
Do you need to make a change to your return?
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 using one of the CRA's services.
You can conveniently change your individual return online with ReFILE, the service is available in all certified tax software packages.
Keep your receipts and records
Keep your income tax records and any supporting documents for six years. To support a deduction or credit you claimed, the CRA may ask for these documents and other official receipts, such as cancelled cheques or bank statements.
Keep your personal information up to date with the CRA
To make sure you are getting the right amount of benefits and credits, you must keep your personal information up to date with the CRA. This includes your marital status, the number of children in your care, and your address.
Keep watching for email notifications from the CRA
If you've registered for email notifications, the CRA will send you notifications by email telling you when you have mail. You should go to My Account or MyCRA to view your mail online. If you haven't registered for the CRA's online services, you should do so right away or you won't be able to view your notifications. The CRA will put important notices, letters, and questionnaires into My Account for you to view.
If you receive a letter telling you your income tax return is being reviewed, don't panic. In most cases, it's simply a routine check. It's important that you reply and send all of the information requested as soon as possible. This will help the CRA review your file quickly and easily.
If you can't get the documents we're asking for or if you need more time to reply, it's important that you call the number in your letter. We can give you more time to respond if you need it, and we can help you if you have any questions. If you don't reply, your claim may be disallowed.
Most income tax and benefit returns for 2018 are due on April 30, 2019. You and your spouse or common‑law partner, if applicable, need to file your return on time, every year to continue getting your benefit and credit payments, even if your income is tax exempt or you had no income at all. The CRA uses the information from your tax return to calculate your federal benefit and credit payments, and any related provincial or territorial payments.
If you or your spouse or common-law partner are self-employed, you have until June 15, 2019, to file your return. Since June 15, 2019 is a Saturday, we will consider that you filed your return on time if we receive it, or it is postmarked, no later than June 17, 2019. However, if you have a balance owing, you must pay it by April 30, 2019.
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