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Canada: Tax return filing extensions and relief (COVID-19)

Canada: Tax return filing extensions and relief

New extended tax return filing deadlines were announced by the Canada Revenue Authority (CRA), Revenu Quebec, and Alberta Tax and Revenue Administration (TRA) in an effort to provide relief in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.


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The new extended tax return filing deadlines provided by the CRA, Revenu Quebec, and Alberta TRA allow certain trusts and corporations with tax returns otherwise due in June, July or August 2020 to file their returns by 1 September 2020.

  • The CRA further announced a broader extension—to 1 September 2020—of most information returns, elections, designations, and information requests otherwise due in June, July or August 2020.
  • The CRA and Revenu Quebec announced new interest and penalty relief for certain individuals and trusts that are unable to file their 2019 individual (personal) tax returns on time.

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Individual filers need to note no further extensions to the 1 June 2020 deadline for filing individual income tax returns for the 2019 tax year were announced by either the CRA or Revenu Quebec, and the 15 June 2020 filing deadline for self-employed individuals also has not been extended further. Both tax authorities report they will not assess interest or late-filing penalties for taxpayers who file their tax returns and pay their taxes owed by 1 September 2020.

Read a May 2020 report prepared by the KPMG member firm in Canada

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