How Does NETFILE Canada Work?


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NETFILE Canada is a program that lets Canadian residents to use the Internet and certified software to file tax returns, explains the Canada Revenue Agency. It's secure, confidential and allows users to file their returns directly from their selected NETFILE-certified software program.

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While the NETFILE service is available for all Canadian residents, there are certain types of tax returns that cannot be filed electronically. Those returns include an amended return, a tax return prior to the 2013 or 2014 tax years, and a tax return for an individual other than the filing taxpayer, explains the Canada Revenue Agency.

Taxpayers cannot use the NETFILE system if they are filing an income tax and benefit return for the first time and the Canada Revenue Service does not have the taxpayer's complete date of birth in its records, or if the taxpayer went bankrupt in 2014 or 2015, as of 2015. Non-Canadian residents cannot file a tax return using NETFILE, and taxpayers who have income from a business with a permanent establishment outside of their territory or providence of residence cannot use NETFILE. Taxpayers cannot use NETFILE to change their personal information, such as their name, address or direct deposit information, as the Canada Revenue Agency indicates.

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