Tax Tip – Did you receive an invitation letter to file my return from CRA?

OTTAWA (ON), February 22, 2022 /CNW/ – Every year, we send out letters to eligible Canadians inviting them to file their income tax and benefit returns automatically over the phone with the CRA’s File My Return service.

Did you receive an invitation letter from us? If you have, you may be able to automatically file your return via a dedicated phone line. And the File my return service is free!

About File My Return
This service allows you to file your tax return and receive the benefits and credits to which you may be entitled without having to fill out any calculations or forms. File My Return uses the information the CRA already has on file and the answers you provide to automatically file and process your tax return.

As part of the filing of your 2021 income tax and benefit return, we will ask you to answer a series of short questions and provide certain personal information. You will find the information needed to use the service in the invitation letter.

If you are eligible to use this service, you should have already received an invitation letter. The letter would arrive by post with your paper tax package, in a separate envelope, or by email notification to be viewed in My Account.

This year, at the end of the call, you may receive an estimate of your net income, your taxable income and any refunds to which you may be entitled. To receive this information, you will need to provide your personal identification number (PIN) when prompted. To learn how to create a PIN, visit our Using a PIN when calling us webpage. You can still file your tax return automatically without a PIN.

The File My Return service opened on Monday, February 21, 2022at 12Eastern Time and is available 21 hours a day, from 6 a.m. to 3 a.m. Eastern Time7 days a week.

Learn more about the File My Return service at

Other ways to file your tax return
Canadians can file their income tax and benefit return using other methods, such as:

Protect you from scams and fraud
We are doing our best to protect Canadians. We want to make sure that you receive the benefits to which you are entitled. Being the victim of a scam, fraud or identity theft can have significant financial and emotional effects.

As a fraud prevention measure, you can sign up for CRA email notifications. You will then receive notifications when you have new emails to view in My Account. There is no personal information in the email. Instead, the notification will simply say that you have new posts to view in your My Account.

We will also notify you when important personal information, such as your address or direct deposit information, changes in our records.

You can sign up to receive email notifications in My Account or in the CRA’s MyCRA or MyBenefits web applications. Effective February 2022, to improve the security of your account, it is mandatory to provide an email address to access My Account. This will allow the CRA to notify you in real time of changes to your account.

Know when and how the CRA may contact you. The Slam the scam webpage provides information on how the CRA may contact you. For example, find out why the CRA may contact you by phone, email, or mail. You will also find more information on how the CRA will never contact you by text message or instant messaging like Facebook Messenger or WhatsApp.

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SOURCE Canada Revenue Agency

For further information: Media Relations, Canada Revenue Agency, 613-948-8366, [email protected]

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