Simplify Tax Season Through Your CRA My Business Account
By Meghan Willison-O’Connor, Tax Technician Supervisor & Robin Vernell, Tax Assistant
As we approach tax season, there is one simple, but important step business owners can take to help make their filing and on-going interactions with CRA easier and more efficient. With just a few steps, you can authorize GGFL to speak with CRA on your behalf and provide us with access to your CRA My Business account online. If you have not already provided GGFL with this authorization, please review the steps below as soon as possible so that your My Business account is set-up and authorized by the time tax season gets well and truly underway.
There are many advantages to granting GGFL access to your My Business account. Most importantly, it will allow us to speak with CRA on your behalf whenever necessary. It will also let us view your tax account information to ensure it is accurate and up to date, review any tax assessments you receive and move any payments incorrectly assigned to the incorrect tax account. In short, it lets us keep your tax affairs in order and avoid potential problems down the road.
Setting up your My Business account and granting us access is easy, but can take a few weeks to complete. Below are the steps to take.
If you do not already have one, you must create a My Business account. Keep in mind that registration may take several days to allow for authentication. So it is vital that you sign-up well before you, or GGFL, need access to the account.
Notify your GGFL Partner when your My Business has been activated so that we can issue an authorization request.
You will receive the authorization request form from GGFL through our Adobe Signature platform. This form informs CRA that you are granting us access to your My Business account and allows us to speak directly with CRA on your behalf. You can sign this document electronically. Once signed, please return the form to GGFL. You have a maximum of 30 days to sign the authorization form before the Adobe Signature link to the document expires.
We are almost there. When we have received your signed authorization form we will submit the request to CRA. Once they have processed the request you will need to login to our My Business account and confirm GGFL as your representative. You have 10 days to approve the request. Click for details on how to confirm a new representative.
CRA recommends that you enable email notifications to make sure you are notified when you receive the authorization request. The notifications will also let you know when you have any mail to view in your My Business account, and when important changes have been made on your account.
Authorizing GGFL’s digital access to your My Business account is safe and secure, will help protect your tax information and make our work with CRA on your behalf more efficient. CRA will also stop sending statements and assessments via the post – but not to worry – you can simply log in and print paper copies from your My Business Account!