CRA wants your input on whether or not CRA should accept digital signatures on the Form T183 and Form T183CORP.
Currently, CRA requires each of these forms to be physically signed before the tax returns can be electronically filed. The proposed change would allow individuals to sign either of the documents using digital signatures.
In order for the CRA to accept an electronic signature from a taxpayer whose identity has been verified by the filer, the electronic signature will generally need to be provided in one of the following ways:
- It may be provided if the taxpayer sends the information return, including the electronic signature using the electronic address most recently provided by the taxpayer to the electronic filer;
- It may be provided in person by the taxpayer, in the presence of the electronic filer. e.g. using a stylus or finger on a tablet; or
- It may be provided through an access controlled, secured electronic location such as a secure website.
What does this mean for our clients?
Currently, we need the physically signed T183/T183CORP before we can file your tax return. Typically, these are sent along with your draft documents. As soon as we receive the signed document, we electronically file the returns. If we are unable to get the signed document before your filing deadline, you may be subject to interest and/or penalties.
By accepting the proposal, we could get your signature digitally on a portal such as HelloSign or DocuSign. The speed and convenience of this solution are preferable.
What can you do?
Participate in CRA’s consultation by clicking the source link and filling out the quick survey.