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The NETFILE transmission service is open for the filing of 2013 tax returns until January 16, 2015.

Terms and conditions

To proceed with NETFILE's online transmission, you must agree to the following terms and conditions:

checkmark I have checked the restrictions to make sure I am eligible to file my tax return electronically.

checkmark I may only file a tax return in my name.

checkmark I may only file an original, eligible, 2013 personal income tax and benefit return through NETFILE.

checkmark I will not attempt to disrupt the NETFILE service by uploading files other than my own eligible tax return. If I do, the CRA will deny me access to electronic services.

Personal identifiers

NETFILE will ask you to provide the following information on its online transmission form:

checkmark your social insurance number (SIN);

checkmark your date of birth;

checkmark the path and name of the file containing your electronic income tax return.

If you are filing an income tax return with the Canada Revenue Agency for the first time (you never filed a paper return or had your return filed electronically by a tax professional), you will need to select the check box "I am filing an income tax return with the CRA for the first time". This action will display additional fields where you will be required to enter your given name, second name, and family name, where applicable.

Confirmation of receipt

After you complete and send NETFILE's online transmission webpage, we will do a preliminary check of your tax return. If your tax return meets the basic requirements, we'll display a confirmation number within minutes. This means that your tax return has been accepted for processing.

If there are any problems with the electronic tax return you tried to send us, we'll display an explanation of errors or corrections needed. This means that your tax return was not accepted for processing. You can change the electronic version of your tax return and then try to send it again using the NETFILE service. For information on making changes to an electronic tax return, see Corrections.

After we've processed your tax return, we may have to contact you to get supporting documents, so remember to keep your receipts and information slips for six years. This is the same verification process that applies to all tax returns, whether paper or electronic. It would not be an audit.

ATTENTION: Please ensure your tax return was completed with the latest version of your software before transmitting it to the CRA. In some cases not updating your software will prevent you from being able to use NETFILE.

If a "Browse" or "Choose" button appears on your screen, you should use this feature to find and attach your ".tax" file.

I certify that the attached electronic tax return is complete and accurate, and that it reports my income from all sources.

If I am not a first time filer, I understand and agree that I cannot change my name, address, or direct deposit information on the return. This personal information is not transmitted with my return when I use NETFILE. My Notice of Assessment and refund will be sent to the address on file with the CRA not to the address I entered using the software to prepare my tax return.

The following message is a clarification regarding the Canada Revenue Agency's (CRA) position on the filing deadline for taxpayers:

The CRA will proactively grant relief for most situations, as outlined below:

- You have until midnight on May 5, 2014, to file your 2013 income tax and benefit return and pay any balance owing. As a result of the five-day service interruption in April, interest and penalties will not be applied to individual taxpayers filing their 2013 tax returns by midnight on May 5.

- If you or your spouse or common-law partner is self-employed, the deadline to file your 2013 income tax and benefit return is midnight on June 16, 2014, because June 15, 2014 falls on a Sunday. However, you still have to pay any balance owing on or before May 5, 2014.

In a limited number of situations, taxpayers may be charged penalty and interest. For those cases, all enquiries requesting relief from the late-filing penalty and/or interest should be directed to the applicable taxpayer relief intake centre.

Privacy Notice

Personal information is collected under the authority of section 150 of the Income Tax Act and is used to assess and process individual income tax returns and payments for all provinces and territories (except Québec). Information may also be used for follow-up, audit, compliance, and evaluation purposes and may be shared, in accordance with the Income Tax Act and under existing information-sharing agreements, with other federal institutions and provincial governments. Failure to provide all or parts of the requested personal information may result in penalties incurred and other non-filer actions.

Information is described in Personal Information Bank (PIB) Individual Income Tax Return, CRA PPU 005, the description of which can be found in the CRA Chapter of the Info Source publication at the following site: Personal information is protected under the Privacy Act and individuals have a right of access to and correction of their personal information. Further details concerning requests for personal information can be found in the Forward section of the Info Source publication.