What is the CRA’s MyCRA Mobile App?

By Randall Orser | Personal Income Tax

apps-magnifiedThe Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has joined the 21st Century and created apps for taxpayers to use to find information on their refund, benefits they receive from CRA, and business tax payment reminders. Many people use apps to find out information from their favourite companies, and to purchase items from them. The CRA has decided that many taxpayers want to find out information about their taxes while on the go, maybe they’re at their accountants and need to find out something while getting their taxes done. Here is what the MyCRA Mobile App is all about.

MyCRA is a new mobile app for individuals. The app lets you securely access and view key parts of your tax information, wherever you are, on your mobile device. You can access and view information such as:

  • your tax information (log in required)
    • notices of assessment;
    • return status;
    • RRSP deduction and tax-free savings account (TFSA) contribution room;
  • benefit and credit payment dates;
  • a directory of EFILE tax professionals, and a listing of free tax filing software;
  • the date and location of Community Volunteer Income Tax Program clinics; and
  • the CRA’s Charities Listings — making it easier to choose and donate to a charity.

MyCRA is a prime example of the CRA’s efforts to offer taxpayers secure, modern, and efficient ways to manage their tax affairs. The CRA will continuously update MyCRA, and in the future will let users update their contact information, enroll for direct deposit, and check the status of their benefit applications.

MyCRA is available on all mobile devices with Internet access. Since you may be using your mobile data when using MyCRA, your carrier’s standard data charges may apply.

MyBenefits CRA is a web-based mobile app for individual benefits recipients that offers a quick view of your benefit and credit payment details and eligibility information. The Business Tax Reminders mobile app lets business users create custom reminders and alerts for key CRA due dates related to instalment payments, returns, and remittances.

CRA Business Tax Reminders mobile app is recommended for small and medium-sized businesses with annual revenue of $20 million or less and fewer than 500 employees. CRA created the app based on consultations with small and medium-sized businesses, and allows business users to:

  • create custom reminders for key CRA due dates related to instalment payments, returns, and remittances; and
  • customize and tailor the reminder system for their personal business deadlines with either calendar or pop-up messages.

The app is designed to benefit businesses. It is not intended for individual use.

For the individual the MyCRA mobile app is a great way to check in on your tax information, and one-day change information that CRA needs from you. For businesses, this is a great way to remind you about upcoming due dates for those ever important tax filings.

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