Catherine McKenna

Your member of parliament for


Ottawa Centre

Catherine McKenna

Your member of parliament for


Ottawa Centre

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Get Ready for the 2017 Tax-Filing Season

Tax-filing season is upon us, and we want to make sure Canadians have the information they need to meet their tax obligations and receive the benefits and credits which they may be entitled to.

Here are some fast facts and resources to help you with the process.

Deadline to file your 2016 income tax return:

Most Canadian income tax and benefit returns are normally due on April 30. However, as this date falls on a Sunday in 2017, the Canada Revenue Agency will consider your return for 2016 as filed on time and your payment to be made on time if the CRA receives your submission on May 1, 2017, or if it is postmarked May 1, 2017.

Who has to file?

All Canadians must file a return if they owe tax for 2016, or if several other situations apply.

Receiving benefits and credits

To receive, or continue receiving, benefits and credits, Canadians and their spouses or common-law partners must file their income tax and benefit return on time every year, even if they have no income in the year and keep their personal information up to date with the CRA.

Need help completing a tax return?

Through the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program, community organizations host free tax preparation clinics and arrange for volunteers to prepare income tax and benefit returns for eligible individuals.

For a complete list of FAQ’s click here.