COVID-19 response: TRA's online services and special notices
Given the current exceptional circumstances surrounding the outbreak of COVID-19, Tax and Revenue Administration (TRA) encourages taxpayers to use electronic means (for example: Netfile, TRACS, secure email, electronic payment, etc.) to submit payments, registrations, applications, returns, claims, objections, waivers and appeals.
In order to reduce the necessity for taxpayers and tax preparers to meet in person, TRA will recognize electronic signatures. This administrative measure applies to all prescribed forms administered by TRA, including the Alberta Consent Form (AT4930) (PDF, 270 KB). To add a digital signature, the form must first be downloaded or opened as a PDF.
For more information, see TRA online services. This page also includes links to TRA Special Notices related to changes due to COVID-19, listed under the applicable program.
For COVID-19 updates, visit COVID-19 info for Albertans.
Entities importing fuel into Alberta are required to register, report and remit the fuel tax to Tax and Revenue Administration (TRA).
Importers are activity-based direct remitters and do not meet the criteria for being a full direct remitter, unless importing or acquiring more than 500 million litres annually. If you are a full direct remitter that imports fuel, see Information for full direct remitters.
Once registered, an importer is required to file a return monthly, whether or not activity has occurred.
For information about how to remit the carbon levy, see Carbon levy – Information for sellers: transportation and other fuels.
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Electronic signatures allowed
In order to reduce the necessity for taxpayers and tax preparers to meet in person, TRA will recognize electronic signatures. This administrative measure applies to all prescribed forms administered by TRA. To add a digital signature, the form must first be downloaded or opened as a PDF.
To submit your forms
Complete your forms and submit them to TRA.
How to register
Step 1: Complete the registration form
- Complete the Fuel Tax Registration (AT4905) (PDF, 770 KB).
Step 2: Submit your completed registration form
- Submit your completed Fuel Tax Registration to TRA.
Step 3: Receive decision letter
- If approved, you will receive a letter advising of your Alberta Business Identification Number (BIN) to be referenced on any correspondence or documents
How to file
An importer return must be received by TRA on or before the 28th day of the month following the period end. A return must be filed for each calendar month, whether or not activity occurred.
Step 1: Fill out the return and schedules
Log in to your TRA Client Self-Service (TRACS) account and select "File a Return/Claim".
Returns can be filed online either by:
- web form (data-entry)
- XML file upload
For more information about filing using the XML file upload process, see XML Upload Requirements for Submitting Fuel Tax Returns and Claims.
- Alberta Importer Fuel Tax Return - Clear Diesel, Clear Gasoline, and Related Products Summary (FTC-IMP-TAX) (PDF, 268 KB).
- Imports from Out-of-Jurisdiction (Clear Diesel, Clear Gasoline and Related Products) (FTC-IMP-1) (PDF, 241 KB)
- Dyed Diesel, Dyed Gasoline, and Related Products Reconciliation Summary (FTD-IMP-SUM) (PDF, 247 KB)
- Imports from Out-of-Jurisdiction (Dyed Diesel, Dyed Gasoline and Related Products) (FTD-IMP-1) (PDF, 246 KB)
Step 2: Submit your return
- Online: submit the return in TRACS and print the confirmation page for your records.
- Paper copy: submit your completed return to TRA.
You will be charged a penalty if you file your return late.
Step 3: Remit the amount owing
- Remit the amount owing (see Making payments).
- Interest will be charged on late remittances and will accrue until the balance is paid in full.
- If there were changes made to your return or a balance is owing, a notice of assessment will be available in your TRACS account under View Assessments (or mailed if you do not have a TRACS account).
How to pay
Maintain your account in TRACS
TRA Client Self-Service (TRACS) is a secure online system for authorized Tax and Revenue Administration (TRA) clients to conveniently conduct business with TRA. You can do the following tasks in TRACS:
- file a return
- submit documents
- file a Notice of Objection
- manage direct deposit
- view reports
- confirm receipt and completion of submitted returns
- view status of prior assessments, financial details and notices of assessment and reassessment
- access financial information and view account period balances
- update address and contact information
- delegate account access to other employees or authorized individuals
For more details, instructional videos and to log in to your TRACS account, see TRACS information.
Publications and forms
These documents discuss procedural matters and administrative policies and practices for programs administered by TRA. They are updated as necessary and a revision number assigned.
- TRA-1R1 – An Introduction to Tax and Revenue Administration (March 2018)
- TRA-2 – TRA Fairness and Service Pledge (July 2018)
- TRA-3 – Alberta Commodity Tax Acts – Voluntary Disclosures (November 2018)
- FT-1R1 – Overview of Fuel Tax (February 2017)
- FT-7R1 – Assessments (February 2017)
- FT-8 – Collections (February 2017)
- FT-9 – Audits, Objections, and Waivers of Penalties and Interest (March 2007)
- FT-10 – Offences and Related Penalties (July 2007)
- FT-11R2 – Direct Remitters (August 2019)
- FT-12R3 – Fuel Sellers (February 2019)
- See the Open Government Portal for the complete set of Fuel Tax information circulars.
These documents are used to announce changes to the legislation administered by TRA, or changes to administrative policies and practices carried out by TRA. These notices are time-specific, and meant to be transitory in nature. The information may eventually be incorporated into other publications, such as information circulars or web content.
- Vol. 1 No. 38 – Fuel Tax Amendments (February 2016)
- Vol. 1 No. 32 – Fuel Tax Amendment Regulation – Taxation of Renewable Fuels (March 2011)
- See the Open Government Portal for the complete set of Fuel Tax special notices.
Submitting a claim or return using TRACS and XML file upload
- XML Upload Requirements for Submitting Fuel Tax Returns and Claims (September 2019)
If you have trouble opening fillable PDF forms, see the form instructions.
- AT4905 – Fuel Tax Registration (PDF, 770 KB) (June 2020)
- FTC-IMP-TAX – Alberta Importer Fuel Tax Return - Clear Diesel, Clear Gasoline, and Related Products Summary:
- FTC-IMP-1 – Imports from Out-of-Jurisdiction (Clear Diesel, Clear Gasoline and Related Products) (PDF, 241 KB) (July 2012)
- FTD-IMP-SUM – Dyed Diesel, Dyed Gasoline, and Related Products Reconciliation Summary:
- FTD-IMP-1 – Imports from Out-of-Jurisdiction (Dyed Diesel, Dyed Gasoline and Related Products):
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