Significant delays for 2019 paper tax returns

Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) says the 10 per cent of Canadians file their income taxes on paper and their should expect “significant delays” because of COVID-19 measures.

CRA is experiencing delays in processing paper income tax and benefit returns and requests to change returns.

So it is much better to file your 2019 taxes online by June 1, 2020 and register for direct deposit to get refunds faster and avoid interruptions to benefit and credit payments

If you already filed a 2019 paper return that has not been processed yet, you can file it again online using NETFILE certified tax software.

Submit your requests for changes electronically, using Change My Return in My Account or ReFILE. If you have already submitted a request to change your return by mail that has not been processed yet, you may be able to submit it again electronically.

Relief measures for individuals and businesses by Revenu Québec

Revenu Quebec Covid-19 response

Québec government follows Federal Government and simplifies the lives of individuals and businesses affected by the exceptional situation stemming from COVID-19.

Government has asked Revenu Québec to apply flexibility measures for individuals and businesses in Québec during income tax filing season.

For individuals:

  • The deadline for filing the personal income tax return has been extended from April 30, 2020, to June 1, 2020.
  • The deadline for paying income tax, contributions or the annual registration fee for the enterprise register related to the 2019 income tax return has been extended to September 1, 2020.
  • If an individual or their spouse carried on a business in 2019, the deadline to file their 2019 income tax return remains June 15, 2020.
  • Required instalment payments normally due on June 15, 2020, is now due by September 1, 2020.

For businesses:

  • The deadline for filing corporate income tax returns due by May 31, 2020, has also been extended to June 1, 2020.
  • The deadline for paying income tax or the annual registration fee for the enterprise register related to the 2019 income tax return has been extended to September 1, 2020.

Revenu Québec is also taking steps to ensure that no individual or business is penalized as a result of the pandemic. All tax audit and collection activities are being suspended, and the organization will show greater flexibility in respect of payment agreements for tax debts.


Check Revenu Québec for the latest relief measures updates https://www.revenuquebec.ca/en/coronavirus-disease-covid-19/relief-measures-for-individuals-and-businesses/

Français https://www.revenuquebec.ca/fr/maladie-a-coronavirus-2019-covid-19/mesures-dassouplissement-pour-les-citoyens-et-les-entreprises/

CRA deferred the filing due date for the 2019 tax returns of individuals

Coronavirus tax deadline extension

In order to provide greater flexibility to Canadians during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) deferred the deadline for individuals to file income taxes and has been extended it from April 30, 2020 to June 1, 2020 giving people an extra month to file their returns to the Canada Revenue Agency. The deadline to pay any income tax owed to the government will also be extended, allowing Canadians to pay it off without interest or penalties until August 31, 2020. This relief would apply to tax balances due, as well as installments, under Part I of the Income Tax Act. No interest or penalties will accumulate on these amounts during this period. 

However, the government is still encouraging people who receive benefits under the Goods and Services Tax and the Canada Child Benefit act not to delay the filing of their return to ensure their entitlements for the 2020-21 benefit year are properly determined.

For trusts having a taxation year ending on December 31, 2019, the return filing due date is deferred until May 1, 2020.

Flexibility for Businesses too

The Canada Revenue Agency also will allow all businesses 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 would apply to tax balances due, as well as installments, under Part I of the Income Tax Act. No interest or penalties will accumulate on these amounts during this period.

Info sources

The Government’s of Canada announcement about series of tax measures to help support those affected by the COVID-19 virus :
https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/news/2020/03/canadas-covid-19-economic-response-plan-support-for-canadians-and-businesses.html

Official information related to Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) :

https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html

Canadian Government extends tax deadline to June 1, 2020 due to coronavirus