Online Services contributed to an increase in filed returns

The CRA’s new online services have contributed to the increase in the number of returns filed electronically

The Government of Canada is committed to making the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) an agency that is more client-focused and online focused. In improving its service offerings, the CRA is, among other things, giving better support to those Canadians who want to file their tax returns without using paper forms.

online Minister of National Revenue Diane Lebouthillier today announced that more Canadians than ever before are filing their returns electronically, with 84% now filing online. This means so far an increase of over 736,000 electronically filed returns compared to last year. New measures announced by Minister Lebouthillier last February to better help Canadians file their returns are yielding results. Indeed, over 5 million tax returns were filed using Auto-fill my return, one of the new online tools introduced earlier this year.

An increasing number of Canadians are conducting their day-to-day affairs electronically, which is why the CRA is committed to ensuring that filing your return online is easy, fast, reliable and secure. As taxpayers continue to familiarize themselves with the CRA’s electronic services, like Auto-fill my return and online mail, we’re confident that the number of Canadians filing electronically will continue to grow.

Minister Lebouthillier extends a sincere thank you to all taxpayers who filed their tax returns on time. If you missed the filing deadline, the CRA reminds you to file as soon as possible to continue to receive benefit payments and to avoid paying penalties and interest charges.

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