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SOURCE Canada Revenue Agency
OTTAWA, Feb. 22, 2018 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is continuously working to improve its services to make it easier for Canadians to file their tax returns and access the credits and benefits to which they are entitled.
Today, the Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue, announced that the 2018 tax filing season will officially open on February 26, 2018. Next Monday, the CRA will begin processing income tax and benefit returns filed by Canadians in the way that is most convenient to them.
The majority of Canadians choose to file their returns online. We are making improvements for those who file online with programs such as Auto-fill My Return and NETFILE. For those who want to file themselves, the CRA has a list of certified tax software, some of which is free, that could make tax filing simpler.
The CRA is also processing returns faster. An enhanced service, Express Notice of Assessment (NOA), is available in certified tax software and allows Canadians registered for My Account and online mail to receive and print their NOA right after filing.
This year, the CRA has improved services for paper filers. In fact, approximately two million paper filers have already received their Income Tax and Benefit Guide and forms directly by mail rather than picking them up at Canada Post, Caisse populaire Desjardins, or Service Canada locations.
As previously announced on January 8, 2018, the CRA is also launching the File My Return (FMR) service. Over 950,000 eligible individuals with low income or a fixed income that is unchanged year-to-year have been invited to file their income tax and benefit returns simply by answering a series of short questions on a dedicated phone line, beginning February 26. This service will allow all the deductions, benefits and credits to which an individual is entitled, without the need for any calculations or paper forms to fill out.
As Canadians get busy filing their taxes, the CRA reminds everyone to be cautious of fraudulent communications. The CRA warns all taxpayers to beware of phone calls or emails that claim to be from the CRA but are not. They may be phishing scams, or other fraudulent scams that could result in identity and financial theft.
"With the opening of this year's tax-filing season, I want to remind Canadians that filing an income tax and benefit return is the key to accessing benefits and credits like the Canada child benefit that I know can be an important source of support for many families. Doing your taxes is now easier, faster and more secure than ever before."
The Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue
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