Individual income tax return statistics for the 2016 tax-filing season
The following graphs and tables provide statistics on the number of T1 tax returns received and processed at the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) during the 2016 tax-filing season between February 2016 and January 2017; the total number, amount, and average refund by cheque or by direct deposit; the total number, amount, and average of the debit returns; and the total number of nil returns.
Returns received by filing method
|Filing method||Number of returns||Percentage of total|
|Total - electronic||23,964,113||84%|
|Total - all methods||28,417,687||100%|
Electronic filing methods
EFILE is a service that lets authorized service providers send tax return information to us over the Internet. For more information, see EFILE for individuals.
NETFILE allows you to file your tax return directly to the CRA over the Internet. For more information, see NETFILE. There are even free certified software products available to file your income tax return online.
Returns processed by results
|Number of returns||Total dollar value||Average amount
|Refund - cheque||
|Refund - direct deposit||10,630,065||$18,386,536,293||$1,730||65%|
|Refunds - total||16,328,643||
For information about setting up direct deposit, see How to start direct deposit or change your information. If you are registered for My Account, you can apply online.
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