How to Check the Status of an Income Tax Return in Canada

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The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) starts processing Canadian income tax and benefit returns in mid-February, according to H&R Block. Even if you file in early January, the soonest you'll be able to get a status update is mid-March. You should give the CRA at least four weeks before asking about the status of your return. You can make your inquiry by phone or online.

Check by Phone

Canada's Tax Information Phone Service (TIPS) handles a wide variety of tax questions. TIPS' Telerefund service lets you know if the CRA has processed your return and when your refund check goes out. The TIPS number is 1-800-267-6999. You'll need to give the Telerefund operator your social insurance number, your month and year of birth and the total income you reported on line 150 of your return.

Answers Online

The CRA's My Account service lets you see information about your return, your refund, and other tax paperwork online. Several banks work with the CRA as "sign-in partners," so you can use your bank account log-in information to access My Account. You can also sign up with the service directly. To access information about returns and refunds, you need to provide your social insurance number, birth date, postal code and a figure from your return. The website won't ask for the same figure every time, so the CRA recommends you have a copy of your return handy when you log in.

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