Where to Get a Canadian Income Tax Package

Get a Canadian income tax package online, by mail or in person

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The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) used to obligingly just mail you a paper income tax package at the appropriate time, but that's no longer the case. Now you'll have to work just a little harder at getting your hands on one, although it's not difficult. 

When it comes time to file your Canadian income tax return, use the income tax package for the province or territory where you resided on December 31 of the tax year. The tax package includes an information guide, a return form, schedules (more forms), a federal tax worksheet, and a provincial tax worksheet. Here are a few ways to get your hands on a 2016 Canadian income tax package. 

Download One Online

Download and print the package from the Canada Revenue Agency's website. Simply click on your province or territory. The forms are in PDF. Deemed residents and non-residents of Canada in 2016 can click on 2016 Income Tax and Benefit Package (for non-residents and deemed residents of Canada). You can also download income tax packages from previous years from the CRA if you're behind with your taxes. 

Order a Printed Package Online 

Although the CRA no longer mails out paper income tax packages automatically, you can still request that it do so. Select the forms and publications you need on the website and fill in the order form to have the CRA mail you printed copies. The order form is available starting January 5, 2017, but ordered packages will not be mailed until February 6, 2017. The number of copies you can request are limited, but the limits are particularly generous: up to 99 in some cases, although some forms are limited to 50. If you need just one form but not the whole package, you can do a search for it online.

Order a Tax Package by Phone

Call 800-959-8281 during regular business hours in Canada and the United States to request a package by phone. If you're outside Canada or the U.S., call 613-940-8495. Collect calls should be accepted. Just as if you had ordered the package online, you can do so beginning January 5, 2017, but the CRA will not begin mailing them out until February 6, 2017. 

Pick up a Tax Package in Person

The income tax forms and a general guide should be available at postal outlets and Service Canada offices beginning February 6, 2017.

Some Tips 

The CRA website also offers free certified tax preparation software if you don't want to fill the forms out by hand. You can also file your completed tax forms online. When you're done, you can track the status of your refund on the website, or even make changes to your return if you discover you made a mistake when preparing it. 

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