The April 30th deadline is rapidly approaching. If you are in a panic about your tax return and need answers to some questions, here are some places you can go for help.
1. If your tax return is complicated it is always best to get a tax professional such as Number Crunchers® to complete it for you. We know all the ins and outs of tax returns and we can answer your questions and make sense of the chaos.
2. If you still want to go it alone, get a Canadian Income Tax Package. This used to be mailed out but can now be downloaded and printed from the CRA Website. The package includes line by line instructions to help you to fill out your return.
3. Head to the CRA website at http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/formspubs/tpcs/menu-eng.html to find forms and publications by topic.
4. The CRA has an automated Tax Information Phone Service (TIPS) for personal and general tax information. To find out more go to http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/esrvc-srvce/tps/menu-eng.html. Before calling you need to make sure that you have the following information on hand: your social insurance number, your month and year of birth and the total income that you recorded on line 150 of your 2017 return.
5. Tax information for individuals, businesses, charities and trusts can be found at http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/ndvdls-fmls/menu-eng.html
6. Phone Inquiries – you can reach a CRA representative by calling 1-800-959-8281 but expect to wait a while to talk to someone, they are extremely busy at this time of year. They do have extended evening and weekend hours up to April 30th, (9am to 9pm local time during the week and 9am to 5pm Saturdays local time) and they do suggest calling Thursday or Friday when the phones are usually less busy.
7. For help with CRA online services you can go to their E-Service Help Desk at http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/esrvc-srvce/tx/ndvdls/menu-eng.html.
8. If you need help with a very basic return that does not include bankruptcy, deceased individuals, capital gains or losses, employment expenses or business or rental income and expenses there are Volunteer Income Tax Preparation Clinics offered by the CRA. These are only to help people who meet their basic eligibility requirements such as maximum income levels. For more information about locations go to http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/tx/ndvdls/vlntr/menu-eng.html
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