After you File, Tips & Advice, What To Know After You File

How Long Should I Keep My Income Tax Records?

Keep tax records and supporting documents for six years.

Even if you do not have to attach certain supporting documents to your return, or if you are filing your return electronically, keep your supporting documents for six years in case the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) selects your return for a reviewThis six-year period starts at the end of the tax year to which the records relate.

Tax records include:

  • Your tax returns
  • All supporting documents you used to prepare them, such as:
    • T-slips
    • Receipts or documents for medicalchild care, charitable donations, moving expenses, any other expenses for which you received a credit or deduction

Keeping your tax records is important to support the information you have provided to the CRA.

Residents of Quebec should see this link: Keeping Records and Supporting Documents.

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