How, when, and where to pay your taxes for 2023 - Akler Browning LLP

April 8, 2024by Akmin

Our tax system is, for the most part, a mystery to individual Canadians. The rules surrounding income tax are complicated and it can seem that for each and every rule there is an equal number of exceptions or qualifications. There is, however, one rule which applies to every individual taxpayer in Canada, regardless of location, income, or circumstances, and of which most Canadians are aware. That rule is that income tax owed for a year must be paid, in full, on or before April 30 of the following year. This year, that means that individual income taxes owed for 2023 must be remitted to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) on or before Tuesday April 30, 2024. No exceptions and, absent extraordinary circumstances, no extensions.

It is very much in the CRA’s interest to make paying taxes as simple and as straightforward as it can be, and so the Agency offers individual taxpayers a wide range of choices when it comes making that payment. There are, in fact, no fewer than seven separate options available to individual residents of Canada in paying their taxes for the 2023 tax year. The first four options outlined below involve payment by electronic means, while the last three describe those available to taxpayers who would prefer to make their payments in person, or by mailing a cheque to the CRA.

Pay using online banking or ATM

Millions of Canadians transact most or all of their banking using the online services of their particular financial institution and/or at an ATM of the financial institution. The list of financial institutions through which a payment can be made to the Canada Revenue Agency is a lengthy one (available at, and includes all of Canada’s major banks and credit unions.

The specific steps involved in making that payment will differ slightly for each financial institution, depending on how their online payment systems or ATM systems are configured. In most cases, it is necessary to have the Canada Revenue Agency listed as a payee on one’s online banking or ATM arrangements.

It’s important as well to remember that the nature of the payment – i.e. current year tax return, as distinct from current year tax instalment payments – must be specified, and the taxpayer’s social insurance number must be provided, in order to ensure that the payment is credited to the correct account, for the correct taxation year.

It’s not necessary to access any particular CRA form in order to make an online payment of taxes through one’s financial institution.

Using the CRA’s My Payment

The CRA also provides an online payment service called My Payment. There is no fee charged for the service, and it’s not necessary to be registered for any of the CRA’s other online services in order to use My Payment.

What is necessary is that the taxpayer have an activated debit card with an Interac Debt, VISA Debit, or Debit MasterCard logo from a participating Canadian financial institution, as My Payment is set up to accept payment using only those cards. Credit cards cannot be used to make a payment through My Payment. Anyone intending to use My Payment should also confirm that the amount of any payment to be made is within the transaction limits imposed by their particular financial institution.

A list of participating financial institutions for each type of card, and more details on how to use this payment method, can be found at

Payment by credit card, PayPal, or Interac e-transfer

While it’s possible to pay one’s taxes using a credit card, PayPal, or Interac e-transfer, such payments can only be made through third-party service providers (that is, payments by those methods cannot be made directly to the Canada Revenue Agency), and such third-party service providers will impose a fee for the service.

The CRA website indicates that there is currently only one such third party service provider – Pay Simply – which can process and remit individual income tax amounts owed through credit card, PayPal, or Interac e-transfer.

Details of making an income tax payment through a third-party service provider can be found on the CRA website at

Payment by pre-authorized debit

It’s possible to set up a pre-authorized debit (PAD) arrangement with the CRA, authorizing the Agency to debit the taxpayer’s bank account for an amount of taxes owed, on dates specified by the taxpayer.

Individuals who make instalment payments of tax throughout the year may already have such an arrangement in place and can certainly use that existing arrangement to arrange a PAD of any balance of taxes owed for the 2023 tax year. However, any such arrangement must be made at least five business days before the payment due date of April 30. A taxpayer who makes a payment of taxes only once a year is likely better off using another of the available payment methods.

There is also another option for taxpayers who have their return prepared and E-FILED by an authorized electronic tax filer. Such taxpayers can have that E-FILER set up a PAD agreement on their behalf in order to make a “one-time” payment for a current year tax amount owed. Such an arrangement is used only for the payment of a current year (i.e., 2023) tax balance, and can’t be used for other payments like instalment payments of tax. Details on how to set up a pre-authorized debit arrangement, whether for a single payment or for recurring payments, are outlined on the CRA website at

Paying in person at your financial institution

For those who don’t use online banking, or simply prefer to make a payment in person, it’s possible to pay a tax amount owed at the bank. Doing so, however, requires that the taxpayer have a specific personalized remittance form – the T7DR, Amount owing Remittance Voucher.

If the taxpayer has not received the required remittance form from the Canada Revenue Agency, it’s possible to download and print the form from the CRA website. Instructions on how to do so can be found on that website at, and detailed information on how to make the payment is available on the same website at Pay at the counter (teller) at a bank or credit union – Payments to the CRA –

Paying at a Canada Post outlet

All Canada Post retail outlets can receive payments of individual income tax balances owed, in cash or by debit card, and will charge a fee for this service. Once again, however, it’s necessary to have a specific form to do so.

In this case, the taxpayer must have a QR code which contains the information needed for the CRA to credit the amount paid to the taxpayer’s account.

While a QR code is sometimes included on remittance forms sent to the taxpayer by the CRA, it’s also possible to generate a QR code online through the CRA website. A link to instructions on how to do so can be found on that website at

Paying by cheque

While it’s not as common anymore, it’s still possible to pay any tax balance owed on filing by cheque, as outlined on the CRA website at

Such cheques are made payable to the Receiver-General for Canada, and are mailed, together with the required remittance form (T7DR – Amount Owing Remittance Form) to the Canada Revenue Agency, using the address found on the back of the payment remittance form. Such payments can also be dropped off at a Canada Revenue Agency dropbox location (a listing of such locations can be found on the CRA website at CRA Office and dropbox locations – As is the case with payments made at a financial institution, the taxpayer can print the required remittance form from the CRA’s website. Instructions on how to do so can be found at

The CRA also suggests that, where payment of taxes owing is made by cheque, the taxpayer should include his or her social insurance number on the memo line found on the front of the cheque, and indicate the type of payment being made (that is, 2023 tax balance). Doing so will help ensure that the payment is credited to the correct account.


A decision on what method to use to pay one’s taxes includes another important consideration of which most taxpayers are unaware. Under longstanding Canada Revenue Agency policy, the CRA considers that a payment is actually made on the date on which it is received by the Agency. However, depending on the payment method chosen, that date of receipt often isn’t the same day the payment is made by the taxpayer, and it can be as much as several days later. And, of course, where payment is made close to the payment deadline, that delay can mean the difference between a timely payment and one that is late and incurs interest charges.

Helpfully, the Canada Revenue Agency provides information, for each payment method, on how the date of receipt is determined for that particular method. That information can be found on the CRA’s website at Canada Revenue Agency Taxpayers who have delayed making a payment until April 30 should be aware that the only two payment methods for which payment is always considered to have been received by the CRA on the same day it is made are payment at the counter at one’s financial institution (not at an ATM) or payment at a Canada Post location. In both cases, the remittance voucher will be date-stamped with the current day’s date, and the CRA will consider payment to have been made on that day, regardless of when it actually receives the funds.

Finally, once payment has been made, by any payment method, the CRA provides taxpayers with an online method for confirming that a payment has been received and applied to the taxpayer’s account. That service is available at

The information presented is only of a general nature, may omit many details and special rules, is current only as of its published date, and accordingly cannot be regarded as legal or tax advice. Please contact our office for more information on this subject and how it pertains to your specific tax or financial situation.