It is Tax Season Canada! Are You Prepared to File Your Taxes?

Here are some things you should know about the 2019 tax season

While its not as exciting thing to think about, it is one of the most important time of the year. Each year the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) provides beneficial information and services to help individuals prepare and file their taxes with on time with ease.

Important Dates and Deadlines for Filing Taxes

According to the CRA, the latest official deadlines for filing your taxes this year are as following:

March 1, 2019
  • Deadline for contributing to a Registered Retirement Savings Plan
  • By Early March, Canadians should have received their tax slips (for example T4s) needed to file a tax return
April 30, 2019
  • Most Canadians’ income tax and benefit returns are due. Individuals should file their taxes before or by this date the latest
June 17, 2019
  • Self-employed individuals and their spouse or common-law partner have until midnight of June 17, 2019 to file their returns, since the original deadline (June 15, 2019) falls on a Saturday. However, if you have a balance owing, you must pay it by April 30, 2019.

Improvements to Online and Telephone Services

The CRA found many of the income tax returns last year were filed through online services. With that in mind, this year the CRA is seeking to support Canadians by improving its services across the nation. In order to reduce wait times and improve its telephone services, the agency will be offering extended evening and weekend hours at their call centres until April 30, 2019. In addition, the CRA will be providing Canadians with improved electronic service options that are fast, efficient, convenient, and secure to ensure that Canadians file their taxes on time with no hassle.

Be Aware of Fraudulent Communications!

Unfortunately, with the busy tax season under way, scammers who pose as CRA employees also tend to contact Canadian tax filers. These scammers purposely mislead tax filers to pay false debts and other scams that can result in identity and financial thefts. Protect yourself and your family against fraud by visiting the Official Canada Revenue Agency website and learn how to recognize a scam.

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