Different Ways to File Tax Returns

Processing of Canadian tax returns starts from the middle of February. Regardless of how early income tax return is filed, you cannot get any update on the status of tax refund till middle of March. You should wait for additional four weeks before checking the status of refund. If the return is filed after April 15, you will have to wait for six weeks before you get any update.

Canada Revenue Agency has come up with numerous different ways by which tax returns can be filed. The authority is laying more emphasis to file return by going online. The agency discontinued filling by phone in 2012, and automatic mailing of income tax package was stopped this year. The agency still provides paper income tax package tough.

You should choose the method that is most suitable for filing tax returns.

  • Use NETFILE to file Canadian income tax return

NETFILE is used by most Canadians to file income tax return over the internet. You should only use web application or commercial software certified by the CRA to prepare your income tax form. Some software can be used for free with NETFILE.

  • Use traditional mail method to file return

This method is used since the time tax returns are filed; it is most simple method and is used by the majority of Canadians. No matter how complicated your return file is, it is really effective in any situation. The only expense you have to bear is that of stamps to mail it to the concerned department. You can get the mailing address from the CRA website.

  • Hire a service provider to file tax return through EFILE

You can prepare you income tax returns using EFILE, and then take it to a service provider who will file it electronically for you, for a charge. The benefit is your return is filed quickly.

  • Hire an accountant to file return

Small or big business houses have lots of things to take care of, so it is better for them to hire an accountant to take care of income tax returns. On the other hand, if you don’t have the inclination to go through the entire chore or just don’t have enough time, it is better to hire an accountant to get things done.

Regardless of how good we were in our school arithmetic, when it comes to filling income tax returns, may people start to sweat at the thought of it. A single wrong entry means you have to make several rounds to the agency to get the things sorted out. You may also end up paying penalty if there is any discrepancy in the return.

Accountants and related service providers are experienced and knowledgeable professionals. They are taught how to do it and many have been doing it for years. These people have dedicated staffs who are expert in this field. Don’t try this on your own unles