Efile Association of Canada

Formed in 1993, the EAC/ATC is a federally registered non-profit corporation, representing tax practitioners from all regions of Canada to senior management of the Canada Revenue Agency, Federal and Provincial Ministries of Revenue, as well as tax software providers.

Our membership consists of professionals and fully represents the Efile industry: from sole proprietors to large nationwide firms.  EAC/ATC members account for over one-third of all EFILED T1s in Canada.

General Enquiries Line IVR Bypass now Available

The IVR bypass cheat sheet is available for download from our Library section.  You must log in to the system to access the Members Only section of the Library.  Using the bypass means you are not required to listen to all the messages every time you call and can go straight into the queue to talk to an agent.

The IVR bypass cheat sheet is also available by request via email to members@efile.ca.

Schedule 14 Guide

This year CRA has added a new Schedule 14 for the Climate Action Incentive.  The credit applies in Manitoba, New Brunswick, Ontario, and Saskatchewan.  To claim the credit you must determine if the tax payer lives outside of a CMA.

EFILERS can use GeoSearch link to define if a municipality falls under a CMA or not.  Type a place name or a postal code in the search box, and select a geographic area from the drop down list.  All the related geography of this area will appear under “Related Geography for” and this is where you find out if it is part of a CMA.

If you have any questions on the GeoSearch system, contact STATCAN.infostats-infostats.STATCAN@canada.ca or at 1-800-263-1136.  Agents are available Monday to Friday (except holidays) from 7:30 am to 7:30 pm Eastern Time.

E-Signatures now accepted on Authorization Forms: T1013 and RC59

EFILERS can now use e-signatures for authorization forms T1013 and RC59, furthering the EFILE system into a paperless system.  Note that e-signatures are not yet permitted on T183s.  See our January 2019 IMPACT Newsletter for more details (available in the Library section of our website).

Expanded Dedicated Telephone Service (DTS) for EFILERS

The EAC/ATC is pleased to announce that the CRA’s Dedicated Telephone Service (DTS) pilot project for income tax service providers is expanding. The DTS is now available to all small and medium EFILERS across Canada.

The DTS provides EFILERS with access to experienced CRA staff who can help with more complex, interpretive tax issues than those typically dealt with under the GE phone line.

Participation in the pilot is voluntary and there is no cost to use the service. However, since access to the service during the pilot is limited, we recommend you register as soon as possible.

Note that the DTS is not intended for firms with more than 50 partners, or firms with specialized tax professionals whose services focus on complex tax planning.

If you want to register for the pilot, visit the DTS website and follow the instructions.  Once registered you will receive a telephone number and your personal access code.

If you have any questions or need assistance with the registration process, please contact the CRA at dts-str@cra-arc.gc.ca.

What we do

One of the core functions of the EAC/ATC is to communicate directly with senior management of the CRA on behalf of members. As your conduit to the CRA, we meet regularly with senior managers of the CRA to discuss tax policy and administrative issues that affect all tax practitioners.

Over the years, the EAC/ATC has been successful in requesting changes to the EFILE system to facilitate the operation of a tax practice. Tax practitioners are the front line administrators of Canadian tax policy, and we are recognized as the professional association that senior management of the CRA turn to for industry comment and feedback.

We also produce and distribute our IMPACT Newsletter (published 3 times a year), providing important updates on developments within the tax and EFile service industry.  View a sample IMPACT Newsletter in the Library section of our website.  Previous editions of the IMPACT Newsletter are archived in the Library section and are available to EAC/ATC members.

Members also receive a copy of the annual EAC/ATC Tax Reference Booklet, a helpful guide for tax practitioners.

The EAC/ATC is governed by a national 15 member Board of Directors elected by the membership of the EAC/ATC at the Annual General Meeting. Members of the Board of Directors serve renewable 3-year terms.