Canada Revenue Agency

Canada Revenue Agency

March 27, 2008 15:28 ET

Canada Revenue Agency Launches E-Service for Canadians Seeking Basic Tax Information

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 27, 2008) - Quick Access for individuals, a new e-service which provides basic tax information for Canadians Online, was launched today by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

Quick Access provides individuals with fast, easy and secure access to basic personal tax and benefit account information without having to telephone the CRA.

"Our government is strengthening Canada's tax advantage by reducing the overall tax burden by $200 billion for Canadians and businesses by 2012-13," said Minister O'Connor. "We are also delivering more options to help Canadians to access their tax-related information online through Quick Access, a user-friendly way to get information Canadians are looking for."

Quick Access is easy to understand and easy to use. The service provides individuals with the convenience and flexibility of seeing basic tax-related information, within a secure Web site, seven days a week. With Quick Access Canadians can access information about their:

- Tax return status;

- Registered Retirement Savings Plan deduction limit;

- Canada Child Tax Benefit payment status;

- GST/HST credit payment status; and

- Universal Child Care Benefit payment status.

To use Quick Access, Canadians need to provide the following personal information to identify themselves:

- social insurance number;

- date of birth;

- the amount calculated and entered on line 150 (Total income) of the 2006 or 2007 filed and processed income tax return.


FACT SHEET

Quick Access for individuals

Quick Access is an online service that gives individuals fast, secure access to limited personal tax and benefit account information currently available on My Account, without having to register for a Government of Canada epass.

Quick Access is fast and easy to use. You can view information about your:

- Tax return status;

- Registered Retirement Savings Plan deduction limit;

- Canada Child Tax Benefit payment status;

- GST/HST credit payment status; and

- Universal Child Care Benefit payment status.

How do I use Quick Access?

You will need to provide the following personal information to identify yourself:

- your social insurance number;

- your date of birth;

- the amount you calculated and entered on line 150 (Total income) of your 2006 or 2007 filed and processed income tax return.

Make sure that others cannot access your account information. Keep each piece of your identification information confidential.

You can also choose to completely block online access to your account information; just contact us and request that no online access to your account be permitted. You can choose to enable online access again at any time.

Is Quick Access secure?

Protecting the privacy and confidentiality of taxpayer information is critical to the Canada Revenue Agency. We use sophisticated and proven security technology and procedures to protect both confidential taxpayer information and the Web site.

Confidential tax and benefit information is not stored in the Web-server environment, and sophisticated security technology is used to protect the information during transmission. We use 128-bit secure sockets layer (SSL) encryption protocol to create a secure channel before any information is exchanged. The 128-bit SSL encryption is the standard for online services such as banking, where security is a priority. Your electronic authentication is verified before any personal tax information is provided to you. Security is maintained throughout the session.

For more information, visit www.cra.gc.ca/quickaccess.

Contact Information

  • Canada Revenue Agency
    Beatrice Fenelon
    Media Relations
    613-941-6269