Canadians can now apply for child benefits and credits online

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The following is now available on the CRA Web site

Fact Sheet – July 2007

Committed to client-service excellence and a leader in electronic service delivery, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is pleased to offer a new electronic service that will allow Canadians to apply for benefits and credits online. The new service, called Apply for child benefits is available through My Account on the CRA Web site, starting July 11, 2007.

Apply for child benefits is the first benefit and credit related self-serve online transaction option offered through My Account. It provides the convenience and flexibility to apply for the Canada Child Tax Credit (CCTB) and related provincial and territorial benefits, register your children for the Goods and Services Tax/Harmonized Sales Tax (GST/HST) credit and related provincial programs, and enrol for the Universal Child Care Benefit (UCCB), directly online on a secure Web site at www.cra.gc.ca/myaccount.

To access the Apply for child benefits you will need to access My Account, for which you need a Government of Canada epass. To register for an epass, visit www.cra.gc.ca/myaccount.

When you are authenticated to use My Account, you will be presented with a personalized welcome page with links to your tax and benefit account information. You can access Apply for child benefits by selecting the “Do it online” link from the left side bar on your personalized welcome page, or by selecting the Benefits portion of the My Account portal.

Apply for child benefits supports the Government Online initiative to use information and communication technology to provide Canadians with enhanced access to improved citizen-centered, integrated government services. It provides Canadians with a service accessible anytime, anywhere, and in the official language of their choice. The service is available 21 hours a day, 7 days a week.

For more information, visit My Account at www.cra.gc.ca/myaccount.

SOURCE: CRA Newsroom

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