How do access my CRA account if this is my first time filing taxes, and how do i know if the CRA has created the account?

I'm super confused as to what happens after you file your return for your first time through turbotax... somebody mentioned I should check my CRA account but when I call CRA they tell me they need to review my file before they can create an account? like.. what does that even mean? In high school, I didn't learn anything about this stuff... but thank god I know Pythagorean Theorem though right? 


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Pythagoras would be confused as well!

There are two types of account that CRA has.
One is a financial account, which starts with your very first tax file, and winds up the way we all do.  In this account, CRA credits you for tax you actually pay, and tax credits that you earn or are entitled to. On the debit side, there is the tax you owe on taxable income.
Every year at tax time there is a return by you, and an assessment by CRA.

To build this tax file, CRA needs to create a profile of you as a taxpayer. Until you have filed something, they can't establish a tax account fir you. That's why first time filers often gave to file on paper, as electronic filing does not convey new personal details.

The other kind of account is an On-line service called My Account for CRA. You register for it and can then access your tax files and do other things. I very strongly recommend you sign up.
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