Tax Filing Season is open

February 22, 2019

Key Dates

You can now file your 2018 income taxes.  Important dates are outlined above.

I have heard from many constituents about their experiences phoning into CRA.  Thank you to each of you who has taken the time to provide feedback.  Here are some of the improvements to CRA’s telephone service:

  • The CRA is working to reduce telephone wait times and improve accuracy for call centre clients.
  • Now when you call, you will receive an estimated wait time to speak with an agent. You can then wait in the queue to speak to an agent, decide to call back later, or use one of the convenient self-serve options.
  • Until April 30, 2019, the CRA will be offering extended evening and weekend hours for individual tax enquiries.

Other important information regarding 2018 tax returns:

  1. New this year is the climate action incentive payment, which is available to eligible residents of Ontario. Eligible individuals can claim the payment when they file their 2018 income tax and benefit return in early 2019.  The climate action incentive payment will first reduce any balance owing for the year, and may increase any refund.
  2. Online Filing – Canadians no longer need to wait for their notices of assessment (NOA) if they are registered with the CRA’s My Account. They can receive their Express NOA directly in their certified tax software minutes after they file their returns electronically.
  3. T1 Paper Guide Mail-Out – For those who completed paper returns for 2017 income taxes, the 2018 package has now been mailed out.  These should have been received by Feb 11, 2019.

For detailed information about the 2018 income tax return, click here.

Need help with your return? There are many tax clinics in Guelph that can help. Click here to learn more!