How To Track Income Tax Returns in Canada

The CRA (Canada Revenue Agency) is Canada’s authority in tax collection. Every Canadian citizen has to make sure that he files his income tax returns every year with the CRA.

On the other hand, there are also people who are not required to file income tax returns but they are still advised to do so deliberately or at their own discretion.
The guidelines below are ways to keep track of your CRA income tax return.

  1. Gather all the necessary information to track your filed income tax returns. Keep in mind though things such as income tax returns are considered to be private and classified. Whatever method you decide to use in order to track the condition of your returns will require you to prove that you own the requested information. To do this, you will be asked to provide your social insurance number. Along with this, your date of birth will be requested as well.
  2. It is important to know the exact total income that you filed in your return. This is one of the essential information that you will be asked to provide before you will be given permission to look at the current status of your income tax returns.
  3. A convenient way of keeping track of your income tax returns is to go online and visit the CRA official website at The website also offers information that you need to know to help you out with this particular endeavor and other related matters. When you get to the homepage, click “My Account” and log in if you already have an ePass. You will be able to look through the status of your income tax returns after successfully providing accurate information to prove that you are, indeed, the owner of the returns that you asked for. If you still don’t have an ePass, register for an account at CRA and Javascript must be allowed in your computer. An ePass will be sent via postal mail after sending your request.
  4. Another way of tracking income tax returns is by contacting Tax Information Phone Service (TIPS). Their toll free number is 1-800-267-6999. The service is automated and won’t be available for use starting January until the middle of February.
  5. Because of the great number of income tax returns received by the CRA, it will definitely take time for your income tax returns to be successfully processed. Even though paperless online returns are provided to the public, the volume of these returns is still a lot to manage. In this particular circumstance, a great deal of patience will be required from you.

Those who are not required to do this will receive certain benefits and advantages when they pay for such returns. Accomplished income tax returns will then be sent to the CRA. It may be very much necessary though to track income tax returns in the event tax refunds are deferred for whatever reason.


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