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Alberta AT1 Net File

Updated: 2017-04-21

TaxCycle T2 is certified by the Alberta Tax and Revenue Administration for AT1 Net File. For more information, on the requirements for this service, visit the Alberta Net File page.

Mandatory electronic filing

As per Bill 15 which received Royal Assent on June 7, 2017, electronic filing of AT1 returns is now mandatory for AT1 return with tax years ending after December 31, 2017. The following excepts from Bill 15:

Failure by corporation to file return by way of electronic filing
37.3 Every corporation that fails to file a return for a taxation year as required by section 36.1(2.1) is liable to a penalty equal to $1000.

Failure by tax preparer to file return by way of electronic filing
37.4 Every tax preparer who fails to file a return as required by section 36.1(2.3) is liable to a penalty equal to $100 for each such failure in respect of a return of a corporation.

AT1 EDI schedule

Before you can transmit any AT1 returns, you must complete the AT1 EDI schedule section on the AT1 Net File Worksheet (short name AT1NetFileWS).

This section provides the Tax and Revenue Administration with information about the individual who prepared and is responsible for the return, such as whether the preparer is a third party service provider (TPSP), how to contact the preparer and the contact information of the person responsible for the return.

This information flows from Preparer options (see how to set these below), through to the Engagement worksheet when you first create the return, then those fields are shared with the AT1 Net File Worksheet.

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Alberta Net File options

To automatically set the information on the Engagement worksheet:

  1. If you have a file open, go to File menu, then click Options. To open Options from the Start screen, click Options in the blue bar on the left side.
  2. On the left side of the screen, complete the options under Contact and Address and Preparer. See the Preparer and firm help topic for more information.
  3. On the Preparer page, answer the question Are you an AT1 Net File third party service provider?
  4. Choose the type of service provider: Corporation, Partnership, or Individual.
  5. Click OK to save the options.

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Resolve outstanding AT1 errors Resolve outstanding errors

In TaxCycle, you can see the status of any AT1 filing in the Transmit sidebar. Outstanding errors that prevent filing appear there and in the Review sidebar. To resolve outstanding errors before transmitting:

  1. Click Transmit in the sidebar, or press F12.
  2. Click once on the AT1 Net File box to expand it and see a list of all outstanding errors. As you work, TaxCycle checks for errors that prevent filing. They appear in this box. Resolve them from this box like other review messages. 
  3. Some messages have Quick Fix suggestions, so you can fix the error without jumping to the form. Hover over the message and click on the light bulb to see the suggestions.
  4. In any message, click the blue links to the form, field, spouse/dependant, or message that needs attention.

Read and agree to the AT1 Net File declaration

Transmit a return

  1. Once you confirm the signature, the return is Ready to transmit
  2. The Alberta Finance requires you read and agree to the AT1 Net File declaration before filing each return. Click the blue link to read the full declaration. This opens the AT1NetFileDeclaration form. 
  3. Check the box on the form or in the sidebar to agree.
  4. Click the Transmit Now! link to begin the transmission.

You can also transmit other requests and forms (like T2 or T1135) at the same time as AT1 Net File using Transmit multiple. Learn how in the Transmit multiple help topic.

Successful transmission results

AT1 return successfully filedIf a transmission is successful, you will see:

  1. The words Transmission successful in green text and green happy face. This is the same symbol that appears in the Client Manager for returns that have been successfully filed, and it also appears (white on blue) in the blue bar at the bottom of the window of any open tax return, so you can quickly see the current filing status.
  2. The box also shows the Confirmation number for future reference. 
  3. Any messages returned from Alberta Finance appear in this box. They begin with the number. Click the more link to see the full message.
  4. Click the Print the AT1 Net File Receipt link to give a copy of this information to your client.
  5. Click the AT1 Net File Worksheet link to view the worksheet which contains a full list of the results from all transmission attempts.
  6. If for some reason you need to retransmit the return, click Dismiss all Alberta Finance messages and start again.

Rejected transmission

Rejected AT1 Net File transmission

If a transmission is rejected by Alberta Finance due to errors, you will see:

  1. The words Transmission rejected and a red sad face. This is the same symbol that appears in the Client Manager for transmission that have failed, and it also appears (white on blue) in the blue bar at the bottom of the window of any open tax return, so you can quickly see the current filing status.
  2. Any error messages received from Alberta Finance also appear in this box, starting with the error number. This number may be useful if you need to contact Alberta Finance regarding an error.
  3. The longer error description usually contains information on what went wrong with the transmission, so you can work to correct it.
  4. Click the AT1 Net File  Worksheet link to view the worksheet which contains a full list of the results from all transmission attempts.
  5. When you have resolved the issue, click Dismiss all Alberta Finance messages and start again to re-transmit. This rechecks the return for outstanding errors before returning to the transmission step.

AT1 Net File Worksheet

The AT1NetFileWS lists the results of  any attempts to electronically file an AT1 return. 

Regardless of a successful or failed transmission, TaxCycle records the time and the result of the transmission, so you always have a complete record of transmission attempts and returned messages, even if you have to retransmit the return.

Transmission history

No matter what type of transmission you make (EFILE, ReFILE, PAD, T1135, etc.), each transmission attempt is recorded in the file history:

  1. Go to the File menu, then click on Info
  2. Click on History
  3. Find the record of the transmission in the list.
  4. Click the first save button (the one with the lightning bolt) to save a copy of the XML file that was transmitted to the CRA.
  5. Click the second save button (the one with the green arrow) to save a copy of the response sent back from the CRA.
  6. TaxCycle also updates the workflow information for the taxpayer. (See the Workflow groups and tasks help topic.)

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Failed connection to the Internet

Internet connectivity issues

Transmissions will fail if your Internet connection isn't working properly. If this happens, you will see (the following items and screen capture apply to all transmission types, not just T1 EFILE):

  1. The words Transmission failed and two computers with red dots between them. This means that TaxCycle could not connect with the CRA system and no attempt at filing the return was made.
  2. Click the Diagnose Internet connectivity link to see whether your Internet connection is working. 
  3. TaxCycle will run a check on your Internet connection and display the results.
  4. The results of this transmission attempt are also recorded on the EFILE Results (or T1013 Results, etc.) worksheet. Click the link to open the worksheet.
  5. When your Internet connection is working again, click Dismiss error(s) and retry to try the transmission again.