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Before you start

Online check list

checkmark Check the restrictions for electronically filed tax returns to make sure you are eligible.

checkmark We need your current address before you can transmit your tax return using NETFILE. You cannot change your address or other personal information through NETFILE. If you are already registered to use the My Account online service, login and change your address prior to using NETFILE. If you are not registered, you can change your address by calling 1-800-714-7257.

checkmark Get your paperwork, receipts, and your 2013 NETFILE-certified tax preparation software or web application ready.

checkmark Be aware of your legal obligations for filing electronic returns.

checkmark Know about new legislation that could affect you.

checkmark Make sure the "cookie" function within your browser is enabled.

checkmark Confirm that the NETFILE transmission site is open by checking the hours of service.

checkmark If you have a balance owing, find out your payment options.

checkmark Register for My Account, our secure online service, so you can check your RRSP deduction limit, track your return and check your refund.

How do I file my tax return?

To file your return using NETFILE, you have to agree to certain terms and conditions, which you should review now. Once you've agreed to these terms and conditions, enter the following information:

  • your social insurance number;
  • your date of birth; and
  • the location of your ".tax" file containing your tax return prepared using NETFILE-certified tax preparation software or web application.

After you've entered this information, you'll have to read a declaration and select the appropriate link to indicate whether you're ready to file your tax return. If you decide to file, be sure to wait a few seconds while your file is uploaded. Then you'll receive your confirmation number. Keep this number for your records — write it down, print it, or save the webpage.