How to Get Your CRA Access Code

CRA (Canada Revenue Agency) is the Canadian federal government service which oversees the collection of tax and governs law and policy related to tax.

Every year a business or individual is required to file for an income tax return which has been made easy by using the online CRA service where you need to create a CRA account.

You can also use NETFILE which is an electronic tax filing service to do taxes online and send them to CRA. To authenticate the service you will receive a unique access code.

If you are wondering about the CRA access code then read this article to know what is NETFILE access code and how to get it.

What Is A CRA NETFILE Access Code?

NETFILE access code is a unique 8-digit code that is a mix of numbers and alphabets which is available on the Notice of Assessment or your CRA MyAccount.

After the 2020 tax year, every individual is required to enter NETFILE Access Code to use the information of tax return information from the year 2022. The access code is required to confirm your identity.

NETFILE makes tax filing easy and has the following benefits:

  • You can file your taxes with NETFILE-certified tax software which reduces your chance of error.
  • You get immediate confirmation about receiving your tax return.
  • You don’t have to send in receipts and can be sent at a later date when asked for them.
  • Your refund gets processed faster through direct deposits and you may get it in two weeks.
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This is an optional authentication process to confirm your identity. If you don’t have a NETFILE access code then you can enter your other tax return information to confirm the identity verification when you are in contact with the CRA.

How Do I Get My CRA Access Code?

You can get your CRA access code either from CRA MyAccount or your Notice of Assessment from previous years.

1. CRA MyAccount

You can get your NETFILE access code from CRA MyAccount,

  • Log in to your CRA account.
  • From the left side panel, select “Tax Returns”.
  • The screen will display a list of tax returns and Notices of Assessments from previous years. Click on any Notice of Assessments to open it.
  • The access code will be written on the right side under your personal information (address, social insurance number and date).

2. Notice Of Assessments

If you receive Notice of Assessments in paper through mail then you can see the NETFILE Access Code on the right side below your date.

The NETFILE hours of service are available for 21 hours a day but remain closed for three hours daily from 3 am to 6 am due to maintenance activities.

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