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- When you can expect your refund for 2015
- How you can check the status of your refund
- Can you transfer your refund?
- Do you get interest on your refund?
When you can expect your refund for 2015
The Canada Revenue Agency starts processing income tax and benefit returns in mid-February.
If you file your return electronically (EFILE and NETFILE), we generally take as little as eight business days to process it. If you file your return on paper, we generally take four to six weeks to process it.
We may take longer to process your return if we select it for a more detailed review. For more information, go to Review of your tax return by the CRA.
If you choose to use direct deposit, you could get your refund faster.
To find out about the status of your 2015 refund, go to How you can check the status of your refund.
Why haven’t you received your refund for 2015?
We may keep some or all of your refund if you:
- owe or are about to owe a balance
- have a garnishment order under the Family Orders and Agreements Enforcement Assistance Act
- owe other federal, provincial, or territorial government debts, such as student loans, employment insurance and social assistance benefit overpayments, immigration loans, and training allowance overpayments
- have any outstanding GST/HST returns from a sole proprietorship or partnership
- have a refund of $2 or less
How you can check the status of your refund
- Telerefund at 1-800-959-1956
- individual income tax and trust enquiries at 1-800-959-8281
Before you call, see the Getting or changing personal tax information section to know what information you should have on hand.
If you filed your return:
- before mid-February, wait until mid-March to call
- between mid-February and April 15, wait 4 weeks to call
- after April 15, wait 6 weeks to call
Can you transfer your refund?
To your instalment account
You can ask us to transfer your refund to your instalment account for 2016 by:
- selecting this option when filing electronically
- attaching a note to your paper return
We will transfer your full refund to your instalment account and consider this payment to be received on the date we assess your return.
To another person
You cannot ask us to transfer your refund to pay another person’s amount owing.
Do you get interest on your refund?
The Canada Revenue Agency will pay you compound daily interest on your tax refund for 2015. The calculation starts on the latest of these three dates:
- May 31st, 2016
- the 31st day after you file your return
- the day after you overpaid your taxes
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