After Tax Season: Are you expecting a refund?

Are you expecting a tax refund? Here are the things you need to know if you are waiting on your tax refund this year.

When to expect your refund for 2018: Generally, if you filed your tax return on or before the filing deadline, you will receive you tax refund in 2 weeks if you filed your return online and 8 weeks if you filed a paper return.

For non-residents, it can take up to 16 weeks for the CRA to process so it will take that much time for you to get your refund.

Also, if your tax return has been selected for a detailed review by the CRA, it may take longer than the timelines mentioned above.

Note that if you have registered for direct deposit you could get your refund faster.

Checking the status of your refund: You can either go online (MyAccount or MyCRA) or call the Telerefund line, 1-800-959-1956, to check the status of your refund. If you are going to use Telerefund, make sure you have your SIN, birth date, total income on line 150 of your 2018 return on hand. They will be verifying your identity so the CRA will be asking for these details.

Why haven’t you received your refund: Have you filed your taxes weeks ago and still haven’t received you refund? Note that the CRA may have kept some or all of your tax refund if you owe a balance, have a garnishment order (under the Family Orders and Agreements Enforcement Assistance Act), have other outstanding federal/provincial/territorial government debts, have outstanding GST/HST returns (from a sole proprietorship or partnership) or have a refund of less than $2.

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