You can ask to receive a refund on your Québec return even before it’s processed by Revenu Québec. If you receive an accelerated refund, however, your refund might change after your return has been assessed.
You can ask for an accelerated refund if all of the following is true:
- You’re claiming $3,000 or less for your refund
- You filed an income tax for the previous tax year
- You haven’t changed your name or social insurance number since your 2015 tax return
- You don’t owe anything to Revenu Québec or any other government body
- You don’t owe anyone support payments
- You didn’t declare bankruptcy, or file a proposal in bankruptcy or a consumer proposal after 2015
- You aren’t transferring your refund to your spouse
- You’re filing your 2016 income tax return before the deadline
Keep in mind, it might take Revenu Québec a little longer to issue your notice of assessment (NOA) if your refund is accelerated. It might also take longer for Revenu Québec to share your information with other government departments, like with financial assistance for students or childcare, if you’ve authorized Revenu Québec to do so.
When you receive your NOA, if it says you have a balance due because you’re being refunded less than you originally thought, you might need to pay interest on the amount you owe back.
Note: Revenu Québec can refuse your request for an accelerated refund.
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