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Haven’t done your taxes yet? Here's what you need to know

The Honourable Diane Lebouthillier MP

News release

From: Canada Revenue Agency

March 27, 2018 Ottawa Canada Revenue Agency

This year, as a result of a number of new services that the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has put in place, it has never been simpler and quicker to prepare an income tax return. Canadians have only a few more weeks to file their return. For most, the deadline is April 30, 2018.

Almost 90% of Canadians file their return online and there are many free software products that can be used. These products are simple and easy to use, and feature services such as Auto‑fill My Return, which can save taxpayer’s time by automatically filling in certain parts of their returns. In addition, My Account users who are registered for online mail can now receive an Express notice of assessment directly in their tax preparation software right after the CRA receives and processes their return. This service allows users to instantly view the amount of their refund or balance owing.

For the first time, more than 950,000 Canadians with low or fixed income whose financial situation remains unchanged from year to year have been invited to use the new File my Return service. This automated phone service allows individuals to file a return without having to fill out any forms or do any calculations, just by answering a series of simple questions. It is important to note that, approximately 250,000 Quebec residents who have been invited to use this service will still need to file their provincial return with Revenu Québec.

Today, Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue, visited the EBO Financial Education Centre in Ottawa, a partner organization of the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP). To help Canadians who have a modest income and a simple tax situation, organizations across Canada host free tax preparation clinics. Eligible Canadians are invited to use the services offered at CVITP clinics in their community.

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