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Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) Program Accounts

February 7, 2017

Tax Question:

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has issued me a business number. Now, what do I do?


In Canada, once a company is assigned a business number then it needs to request which type of program account it needs to be setup. There are five types of accounts:

  1. Corporate Tax Return
  2. Payroll
  3. Goods and Services Tax/Harmonized Sales Tax (GST/HST)
  4. Import/Export
  5. Information Return


Each account is identified by two letters and is added to the nine-digit business number.

  1. Corporate Tax Return (RC) – This account is used when filing your corporate tax return.
  2. Payroll (RP) – This account is used when filing and remitting payroll deductions, as well as annual employee payslips (T4 slips).
  3. Goods and Services Tax/Harmonized Sales Tax (GST/HST) (RT) – This account is used when filing your GST/HST return. In addition, you are required to include your GST/HST account number on your invoice so that customers can claim the GST/HST paid on their GST/HST returns. Your GST/HST account number would be your business number followed by RT.
  4. Import/Export (RM) – This account is used to process customs documents when importing/exporting goods into/out of Canada.
  5. Information Return (RZ) – This account is used to file information returns such as Statements of Investment Income (T5 slips), Returns of Securities Transactions (T5008 slips) and Partnership Information Returns (T5013 slips).

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Canadian and foreign tax laws are complex and have a tendency to change on a frequent basis. As such, the content published above is believed to be accurate as of the date of this post. Before implementing any tax planning, please seek professional advice from a qualified tax professional. Empire, Chartered Professional Accountants will not accept any liability for any tax ramifications that may result from acting based on the information contained above.

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