Tax Relief Measures

The Honorable Gail Shea, Minister of National Revenue, would like to remind Canadians that taxpayer relief provisions are available to them if they are unable to meet their tax obligations due to a natural disaster.

The June 15th deadline for self-employed individuals and their spouses or common-law partners to submit their income tax returns is approaching quickly. These taxpayers should know that the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) can give them special consideration if they cannot meet their tax obligations due to a natural disaster.

The  taxpayer relief provisions use a balanced approach to assist all taxpayers in resolving tax issues due to circumstances beyond their control. Under these provisions, any taxpayer can apply to the CRA to have interest and/or penalties waived or canceled in situations where they are unable to file a tax return and/or make a payment on time due to a natural disaster or other extraordinary circumstances beyond their control. Taxpayers should submit their request in writing using form RC4288, Request for Taxpayer Relief. The CRA will consider these requests on a case-by-case basis.

Affected taxpayers who have questions or concerns about the taxpayer relief provisions can access additional information on the CRA website, or they can call the CRA at 1-800-959-8281. Business owners and self?employed individuals can call the CRA at 1-800-959-5525.

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