COVID-19 – CRA Extends Tax Deadlines
Although it is appropriate for the CRA to address both filing and payment due dates during this extraordinary time, the relief announced on March 18, 2020 is inadequate given the severity of the crisis in Canada and around the world.
As concerned Canadians, we believe the relief for ALL TAXPAYERS should have been more suitably extended as below:
In order to provide greater flexibility to all Canadian
taxpayers experiencing hardships during the COVID-19
outbreak, the Canada Revenue Agency should have
deferred the filing due date for all income tax filings from
today and before August 31 as follows:
All due dates under the Income Tax Act should have been
deferred to the earlier of:
- 4 months from the original due date, and
- August 31, 2020.
The Canada Revenue Agency should have allowed all
taxpayers to defer, until after August 31, 2020, the
payment of any income tax amounts that become owing
on or after today and before September 2020. This relief
should have applied to tax balances due, as well as
installments, under Part I of the Income Tax Act with no
interest or penalties accumulating on these amounts
during this period.
This suggestion does not address filings under the Income Tax Regulations (eg. T5013 – Partnership), but perhaps the Canada Revenue Agency should also take into consideration compliance required under the Regulations and address HST/GST filings and payments.
Extraordinary times require extraordinary action, Canada Revenue Agency. Thank you for your consideration of this.