EFILE for electronic filers

The EFILE program is open for transmissions from February 20, 2017, until January 19, 2018, for the electronic filing of your clients’ 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 personal income tax and benefit return.

To participate in the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP), you must first register as a volunteer with the CVITP at cra-arc.gc.ca/tx/ndvdls/vlntr/menu-eng.html. If you intend on transmitting returns by EFILE under the CVITP, you must also apply for an EFILE number.


EFILE is an automated service that allows approved tax preparation service providers and discounters to send individual income tax return information to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) directly from EFILE–certified tax preparation software.

Taxpayers may take their tax slips and supporting documents to a registered tax preparer and for a fee, the tax preparer will prepare their return and send it to us electronically using EFILE.

Register for EFILE

Any firm, organization, or individual who provides tax preparation services can apply, as long as they meet the definition and requirements of an applicant and pass the suitability screening criteria.

EFILE news and program updates

For the latest news, updates on enhancements and important dates.

EFILE certified software

EFILE "certified" tax preparation software means that the developer of the tax preparation software has gone through a process with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) to verify that their product is compatible with the CRA EFILE electronic tax filing service.

Yearly renewal

To renew your account, log in with your EFILE number and password and select "Renew account" on the resulting webpage. Yearly renewal is mandatory for your continued participation in electronic filing. An invitation to renew your account will be sent each year towards the end of October.

Account maintenance

Changes in your business may result in changes to the data you provided to us at the time you applied for, or last renewed your participation in, electronic filing. An account maintenance option is available to all registered users of EFILE.

Transmission history

To view your transmission history, log in with your EFILE number and password and select "Transmission history" on the resulting webpage.

Forms T183 and T1013

Form T183, Information Return for Electronic Filing of an Individual's Income Tax and Benefit Return as well as Form T1013, Authorizing or Cancelling a Representative.

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