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Old Jul 23rd 2013, 11:04 pm
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Default How long does it take to get overpaid tax back?

We filed my OH's tax return on the last day. He is due a bit of a refund, but we haven't heard anything yet. How long does it normally take? It was his first tax return in Canada, if it makes a difference. Thank you.
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Default Re: How long does it take to get overpaid tax back?

my refund was through in about 3 weeks, also my first tax return in Canada...filed roughly 2 weeks before the closing date
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Originally Posted by haggis88 View Post
my refund was through in about 3 weeks, also my first tax return in Canada...filed roughly 2 weeks before the closing date
Oh, that's great.

Is there anywhere we can chase this?
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Did you efile? Use an accountant? Do it yourself?
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Oh, that's great.

Is there anywhere we can chase this?

Don't bug the taxman, you don't want them paying any more attention to you than they have to.
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Old Jul 23rd 2013, 11:25 pm
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Did you efile? Use an accountant? Do it yourself?
We did it ourselves, but used a programme (can't remember the name, but it was recommended on here) to calculate it for us. As we were doing it for the first time, we had to hand in the paper version. I handed it in at the tax office (whatever it's called).
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Don't bug the taxman, you don't want them paying any more attention to you than they have to.
Yes, didn't think of that!
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Default Re: How long does it take to get overpaid tax back?

Originally Posted by foreigngirl View Post
Oh, that's great.

Is there anywhere we can chase this?
You can call the CRA call centre:

http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/cntct/phn-eng.html

They're fairly helpful but might not have that much information for you.
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Default Re: How long does it take to get overpaid tax back?

Ours took a long time the first year. Think it was August by the time we got our refund...
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It is not unknown of them to take three months to process a new immigrant's first return.
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Default Re: How long does it take to get overpaid tax back?

I only received my refund two weeks ago. The accompanying letter explained that they had looked at my claim, adjusted it upward and paid me interest for the delay.
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Thank you everyone for the responses.
Interest for the delay would be nice
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Default Re: How long does it take to get overpaid tax back?

Found it to be fairly random.

The tax system is another great inefficiency here. The postage and paper alone that my wife and I receive from the CRA for all sorts is mind boggling. Across millions of households it must be truly ridiculous.
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Default Re: How long does it take to get overpaid tax back?

Hi
We are also still waiting for our first tax return, so at least there are more two of us! Also filled on paper via the accountant!
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Default Re: How long does it take to get overpaid tax back?

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Found it to be fairly random.

The tax system is another great inefficiency here. The postage and paper alone that my wife and I receive from the CRA for all sorts is mind boggling. Across millions of households it must be truly ridiculous.

One year my parents miscalculated and had an outstanding balance of $1.xx (I am not sure of how many cents, but the total outstanding was less than two dollars). They must have received seven or eight demands for the outstanding balance. Even if postage at the time only cost $0.50 per letter, they still spent more in postage than they would have received from my parents who said to hell with it, that miniscule amount could just be dealt with on the next year's taxes.
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