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How to pay taxes in Canada

With several tax payment deadlines coming up on September 30, we wanted to give you detailed instructions on how to pay your taxes. 

This post has step-by-step instructions on how to pay your federal and provincial Corporate Tax, Goods and Services Tax (GST), Payroll Remittance and Personal Tax — so just skip to where you need help and read on. You can always give us a call if you need more help. 

Without further ado: here’s how to pay your taxes!


Corporate Tax Payment – Federal
Corporate Tax Payment – Provincial
Goods and Services Tax (GST)
Payroll Remittance
Personal Taxes

 

Corporate Tax Payment – Federal

These instructions cover how to pay your year-end balance owing and/or a corporate tax instalment.

Option 1: Online banking through your business bank account

(Disclaimer: Some of the wordings and fields may be different depending on the bank. If you’re having trouble figuring this out, give your bank a call and they’ll walk you through it.)

  1. Find “Tax Filing Service” under Pay Bills and Transfer Funds.
  2. Click Continue. You will be taken into this screen:


    3.  Add Payment Type as follows:

Federal – Corporation Income Tax Balance Due – TX BAL – (RC177). Select this if you are paying a balance owing for the year-end.

 Federal – Corporation Tax Payments – TXINS. Select this if you are paying a tax instalment.

 

  1. Click Next.
  2. Input your tax account number and fiscal year start date. Your account number is your nine-digit business number immediately followed by RC0001, no spaces. Format example: 876543219RC0001 
  3. Click Done. This will take you back to the home page of the Tax Filing Service.
  4. Select the payment type that you have just added (Federal – Corporation Tax Payments – TXINS) and click Pay.
  5. The next screen looks like this:

  • Period ending is the year-end date for a year-end balance owing or, for an instalment payment, the final date of the quarter (e.g. if you are making an instalment payment for the July 1 to September 30 quarter, enter 2020-09-30.)
  • If you are paying your taxes owing for last year, input the amount under Amount Owing. If you are paying instalment taxes for the current fiscal year, input the amount under Interim.
  • Payment date is the date the amount will be withdrawn from your bank account. The earliest payment date is always tomorrow’s date.
  1. Click Next and confirm the details of your payment.

You can set up future payments here. You can always cancel future payments as long as you do it before the payment day.

 

Option 2: CRA My Payment

  1. Go to and click Pay Now.

Under Businesses, select Corporate income tax (T2), then follow the six steps to complete your payment.

 

Option 3: Pay in person at your bank

To do this, you must bring in a remittance voucher. You will receive your remittance voucher in the mail from the CRA a few days before your year-end.

 

Option 4: Mail in a cheque

  1. Make your cheque payable to: Receiver General. 
  2. Write your business number (e.g. 876543210RC0001) and the period you are making a payment for (e.g. 2020-01-01 to 2020-12-31) on the cheque.
  3. Mail your cheque to: Receiver General, 875 Heron Road, Ottawa, ON, K1A 1B1

Corporate Tax Payment – Provincial 

Option 1: Online banking through your business bank account

(Some of the wording and fields may be different depending on the bank. If you’re having trouble getting this set up, give your bank a call. The Government of Alberta has a list of participating financial institutions on their website.)

  1. Find the “Tax Filing Service” under Pay Bills and Transfer Funds.
  2. Click Continue.
  3. Add Payment Type as follows:

  Provincial Tax – Alberta Finance – Corporate Income Tax – ABCIT

  1. Click Next.
  2. Input your Alberta Corporate Number.
  3. Click Done. This will take you back to the home page of the Tax Filing Service.
  4. Select the payment type that you have just added – (Alberta Finance – Corporate Income Tax – ABCIT) and click Pay.
  5. This is the next screen: 

  • Period ending is the year-end date that you are paying.
  • If you are paying your taxes owing for last year, input the amount under Amount Owing. If you are paying instalment taxes for the current fiscal year, input the amount under Interim.
  • Payment date is the date the amount will be withdrawn from your bank account. The earliest payment date is always tomorrow’s date.
  1. Click Next and confirm your payment details.

You can set up future payments. You can always cancel future payments as long as you do it before the payment day.

 

Option 2: Mail in a cheque

  1. Make your cheque out to: Government of Alberta.
  2. To make sure your payment is processed correctly, write the following on the back of your cheque or money order:
    • Alberta Corporate Number or your BIN number (if you do not know this number we can provide it for you) 
    • The period you are making a payment for (e.g. 2015-01-01 to 2015-12-31)
  3. Mail to: 

Tax and Revenue Administration
Alberta Treasury Board and Finance 
9811 - 109 Street
Edmonton, AB T5K 2L5

Post-dated cheques are acceptable. Make sure you mail your cheque well in advance. The Alberta Government considers the date of payment for interest calculation purposes to be the date payment was received, not the date of mailing. Do not send cash in the mail.

 

Option 3: Pay in person at your Bank

To do this,  you must bring in a remittance voucher. You should receive one of these in the mail from the Government of Alberta.

Note: You can also pay by credit card through a third party provider (Plastiq or Pay Simply), however it’s expensive and can be a hassle. We recommend paying through online banking, by cheque or at your bank.

 

Goods and Services Tax (GST)

Option 1: Online banking through your business bank account

(Some of the wording and fields may be different depending on your bank. Give your bank a call if you have questions.)

  1. Find “Tax Filing Service” under Pay Bills and Transfer Funds.
  2. Click Continue.
  3. Add Payment Type as follows:

Federal - GST/HST Balance Due -- GST B -- (RC177)

  1. Click Next.
  2. Input your tax account number. Your account number is your nine-digit business number immediately followed by RT0001, no spaces. Format example: 876543219RT0001 
  3. Click Done
  4. This will take you back to the home page of the Tax Filing Service.

  1. Select the payment type that you have just added (Federal - GST/HST Balance Due -- GST B -- (RC177)) and click Pay.

Option 2: CRA My Payment

  1. Go to and click Pay Now

Under Businesses, select GST/HST, then follow the six steps to complete your payment.

 

Option 3: Pay in person at your bank

To do this, you must bring in the personalized remittance voucher that you received in the mail. If you gave it to us, we’ll return it filled out for you. If you did not get one in the mail, you should receive one a few days before your GST period ending or a few days after we have filed the GST Return. We do not have generic remittance vouchers for GST — the CRA does not issue these anymore and will not accept a photocopy.

 

Option 4: Mail in a cheque

  1. Make your cheque payable to: Receiver General
  2. On the cheque write your GST number (Ex. XXXXX XXXX RT 0001) and the period you are making a payment for (ex. 2015-01-01 to 2015-12-31).
  3. Mail your cheque to: Receiver General, 875 Heron Road, Ottawa, ON, K1A 1B1

 

Payroll Remittance

Option 1: Online Banking through your business bank account

  1. Find the “Tax Filing Service” under Pay Bills and Transfer Funds.
  2. Click Continue
  3. Add Payment Type as follows:

Federal Payroll Deductions – Regular/Quarterly – EMPTX – (PD7A). Select this if you are paying the monthly or quarterly payroll remittance

Federal - Payroll Source Deduction - Balance Due - EMPBD - (PD4R). Select this if you are paying a balance due after the T4s are prepared

Federal Payroll Deductions - Arrears - EMPTX - (PD7D). Select this if you are paying interest and/or penalties

  1. Click Next.
  2. Input your tax account number and fiscal year start date. Your account number is your nine-digit business number immediately followed by RP0001, no spaces. Format example: 876543219RP0001.
  3. Click Done. This will take you back to the home page of the Tax Filing Service.

 Select the payment type that you added in Step 3 then click Pay.

  1. This is the next screen:

                                                           

  • Pay from: Bank account where payment will come from.
  • Tax account to pay: Your 9-digit business number followed by RP0001.
  • If you are paying for a specific month, input the payroll period you are paying under “Reporting month end” and the input the amount in “installment payment”.
  • If you are the owner of the business and you are paying your decided salary for the year, or you are paying what is owing after preparing your T4, input your “fiscal year end” and input the amount in “payment on annual filing.”
  • If you are paying arrears (interest and penalties), input the “fiscal year end” of the arrears, then input the amount under “arrears payment.”
  1. Payment date is the date the amount will be withdrawn from your bank account. The earliest payment date is always tomorrow’s date.
  2. Click Next and confirm the details of your payment.

You can set up future payments. You can cancel future payments as long as you do it before the payment day.

 

Option 2: CRA My Payment

  1. Go to and click Pay Now

Under Businesses, select Payroll source deductions, then follow the six steps to complete your payment.


Option 3: P
ay at your bank

To do this, you must bring in the personalized payroll remittance voucher that you received in the mail. 

 

Option 4: Mail in a cheque

  1. Make your cheque payable too: Receiver General
  2. On the cheque write your Payroll BIN number (Ex. XXXXX XXXX RP 0001) and the period you are making a payment for (ex. 2015-01-01 to 2015-12-31).
  3. Mail to: Receiver General, 875 Heron Road, Ottawa, ON, K1A 1B1

Personal Taxes

Option 1: Online Banking through your personal bank account

(Every bank is slightly different. Give your bank a call if you’re having trouble getting set up. They should be able to walk you through it.)

  1. Go to Pay Bills.
  2. Click Add Payee. Search for CRA. 
  3. Add payee as follows:

For year-end balance owing: CRA PIT - Tax Amount Owing

For personal tax instalment: Federal - Personal Tax Instalment - TXINS

If your search brings up a specific choice for the year you’re filing for (CRA PIT - 2019 Tax return) then select that option. 

4. For the account number, input your SIN.
5. Once you’ve added the payee, pay your balance as you would your other bills.


Option 2: CRA My Payment

  1. Go to and click Pay Now.

Under Individuals, select Individual income tax (T1), then follow the six steps to complete your payment.



Option 3: Pay in person at your bank

Bring a remittance voucher to your bank and make your payment. We have these vouchers, so give us a call if you plan to pay this way.

Option 4: Mail in a cheque

  1. Make your cheque payable to: Receiver General
  2. Write your SIN on the cheque. (This is important — your payment will not get processed correctly without your SIN number.)
  3. Mail your cheque to: Receiver General, 875 Heron Road, Ottawa, ON, K1A 1B1

Congratulations, you’ve paid your taxes! We also have more advice and how-tos for Corporate and Personal taxes. 

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