Electronic filing of income tax returns increases in 2007

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The following is now available on the CRA Web site

Ottawa, April 19, 2007…

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) announced today that, as of April 1, 8.3 million people have filed their 2006 income tax returns. Of these returns, 62.4% were filed electronically, as opposed to 61.2% at the same time last year.

The CRA is responding to the interest and enthusiasm that Canadians show for electronic services by investing time and resources to improve its state-of-the-art suite of electronic services and to provide a wide range of electronic filing options.

Of the approximately 25.8 million Canadians who file an income tax return, more and more are discovering that electronic filing is the fastest and easiest way to prepare and file their returns. There are fewer errors and individuals get their tax refunds in eight business days, or less, with direct deposit. In addition to filing a return over the Internet using NETFILE, Canadians can file over the telephone using TELEFILE, or they can file using EFILE through the services of a professional tax preparer.

To file their income tax return using NETFILE, individuals will need to use CRA-certified software or Web applications. Some tax software companies offer free online tax preparation services and software to Canadians with low or moderate incomes.

For more information about NETFILE and a list of CRA-certified software and Web applications, please visit our website at www.netfile.gc.ca.

SOURCE: CRA Newsroom

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