A timely response to your income tax return depends on several factors. The CRA affirms that it aims to inform you of your income tax assessment and refund within two weeks for electronically filed returns and eight weeks for paper ones - provided you filed on time.
You can choose one of the following methods to check the status of your CRA tax refund:
If you pay your income tax in instalments, you can arrange for any refund amount to be transferred to your instalment account. You are offered the option to do so when filing electronically, or you can attach a request to your paper return.
The CRA recommends signing up for direct deposit in order to expedite the refund process. Direct deposit allows the CRA to use your bank account information to transfer funds. Individuals eligible for at least one of the following payments can sign up:
Individuals can sign up for direct deposit through the MyCRA mobile app, by phone at 1-800-959-8281, by mail using the Canada Direct Deposit enrolment form, or online using My Account. Business owners eligible for at least one of the following payments can also use direct deposit:
Business owners or their representatives can sign up for direct deposit online through My Business Account or Represent a Client, or by mail using Form RC366, Direct Deposit Request for Business. An information line is available at 1-800-959-5525. For direct deposit related to a trust, the name on the bank account must be the same as the name of the trust. Sign up by mail using the T3-DD, Direct Deposit Request for T3 form, or fill in the direct deposit section on the T3RET, T3 Trust Income Tax and Information Return. For more information call 1-800-959-8281.
The CRA may not pay part or any of your refund if:
Just as taxpayers pay compound daily interest on any overdue balance, the government ensures that the same applies to refunds, starting on whichever comes latest of the following dates: