How Long Will It Take For The CRA To Process My SR&ED Claim?

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SR&ED Claim Turn Around Times

If you have filed or are in the process of filing a Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) claim and are wondering how long it would take before you receive your tax credits, below are latest service standards from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA):

SR&ED Claim Service Standards

  • Refundable claims: 120 calendar days from receipt of a complete claim
  • Non-refundable claims: 365 calendar days from receipt of a complete claim
  • Claimant-requested adjustments to refundable claims: 240 calendar days from receipt of a complete claim
  • Claimant-requested adjustments to non-refundable claims: 365 calendar days from receipt of a complete claim

In an effort to remain transparent about their process, the CRA has just released data on their Success Rates and Average Processing Times from April 1, 2015 to June 30, 2015. The data shows that the CRA was well within their standards with 95% of claims being met within these timelines.

Success Rates and Average Processing Times- April 1, 2015 to June 30, 2015

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 95% 36 24 60
Refundable claimant-adjusted claims 240 Days 94% 106 63 169
Non-Refundable claims 365 Days 96% 86 50 136
Non-Refundable claimant-adjusted claims 365 Days 95% 153 113 266
All claims 95% 60 38 98

*These timelines do not include situations outside of CRA control.

** 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.