CRA is doing its part in expediting SR&ED claims, are you?

Written by Raj Phalpher.

CRA has substantially improved its performance in expediting SR&ED claims over the past few quarters. 

Of more interest to CCPC’s is the wide gap in response time of 60 days vs.160 days for the claims filed within 6 months of year end vs. those filed between 6 and 18 months.  CRA's performance is as follows:

Success Rate and Average Processing Times: April 1, 2013 to June 30, 2013

Type of Claim

CRA
Success Rate

Average Days within
CRA's control

Average Days outside
CRA's control 

Total
Average Time (days)*

Refundable claims 120 Days

97%

32

27

60

Refundable claimant-adjusted claims 240 Days

93%

106

54

160

Non-Refundable claims 365 Days

96%

88

85

173

Non-Refundable claimant-adjusted claims 365 Days

92%

166

142

308

All claims

96%

61

47

108

* The average days within CRA's control and the average days outside CRA's control may not add up to the Total Average time due to rounding.

Situations that may lead to delays outside of the CRA's control include:

  • Filing an incomplete claim
  • Filing an SR&ED claim without filing the associated income tax return
  • Not filing a claim at the appropriate tax centre or filing a claim at a tax services office
  • Being unable to respond to CRA's requests for information in a timely manner
  • Postponement or inability to schedule meetings with the CRA
  • Being unable to respond in a timely manner to a proposal letter sent by the CRA
  • Reviews of prior year SR&ED claims impacting the review of the current year claim
  • Modification to a claim during the course of a review
  • Requests by claimants that the review of their claim be delayed

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