It’s springtime in most of Canada, which means tax season is back again for another year. As more people use mobile phones, mobile tax solutions continue to become increasingly important.
This year, the CRA is debuting a mobile web app, called MyCRA, designed to allow users to access their tax return status, benefit and contribution information, and notices of assessment, with the same level of security (and same password) they use on a desktop computer. According to CRA, over ten thousand returns have been filed with mobile software, a large portion of the two million electronically filed tax returns that occur every year in Canada.
The CRA also certifies third-party tax software for public use, and several iPad apps already qualify, including: TurboTax, SimpleTax, and TaxFreeway. This year, in addition to these apps, the Canada Revenue Agency also certified a new TurboTax iPhone app, as well as the free Fastneasytax and TurboTax for Android.
About 14 percent of TurboTax users accessed their return via mobile last year, and the ability to start a return on your smartphone, and finish later on a tablet or laptop means simple returns can be completed without significant effort, even on the go.
Using the MyCRA app means that any tax owing at the end of the day can be paid online by credit card or even via PayPal, and tax refunds are directly to users’ bank accounts.
The MyCRA app is accessible through mobile smartphone browsers.