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How Long Will it Take to Get a Refund?
Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) says it takes about 2 weeks to process returns filed using NetFile, EFile, or Telefile, but they do not start processing returns until mid-February. For paper tax returns, CRA says it takes about 4 weeks to process returns filed before April 15, and about 6 weeks for returns filed after April 15.
CRA indicates that there are approximately $1 billion in tax cheques that have not been cashed. These cheques apparently never become stale-dated. As of May 19, an estimated 7.6 million cheques were uncashed, dating back to 1998. You can now check in CRA's My Account to see if you have any uncashed cheques - you may be surprised! If you have uncashed cheques, from My Account you can request that the cheques be reissued.
See the CRA information New online feature helps you see your uncashed tax cheques.
To check with CRA on the status of your tax return, you need the following information:
Will I Get Interest on My Refund?
CRA will pay compound daily interest on your refund, with the interest calculation starting on the latest of the following three dates:
By April 2016, the federal government phased out all government cheques in favour of direct deposits. This includes:
You can set up direct deposit to your bank account online through the CRA My Account, or through your financial institution.
If you do not wish to use the My Account online service to set up the direct deposit, you can do so by telephone, in person, or you can complete and submit a Canada Direct Deposit Enrolment Form (pdf) and mail it to CRA. See Direct deposit for individuals with a Canadian bank account. This form applies to:
For more information, see the CRA web page on Direct Deposit.
Revised: January 30, 2021
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