ABOUT THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

As the Covid – 19 pandemic continues to change, we will continue to update you through email and our website as the situation evolves.  This is a stressful time for everyone, so we are following the lead of Canadian Public Health authorities, and we hope you will also.

  1. Office hours and protocols
  2. Tax filing changes
  3. Employment insurance changes

Our goal is to complete tax returns by the normal April 30th deadline.

Office hours and protocols

We want to assure you that our office is working hard to operate normally, and we have the ability to allow all staff to securely work from home should the need arise.  We will continue the monitor the situation as it evolves, in an effort to minimize any disruption to you. 

We have a table at the entrance of the office to drop files for us.  If you need to review information prior to us preparing your tax return, our preference is to do so via telephone.  If it must be done in person, we ask you to schedule an appointment.

Once your return is complete, our preference is to send your information in a PDF file, and if needed, review it with you over the telephone.  Required signatures can be done electronically. To see how you can insert a signature in Adobe Acrobat Reader, click here.  You must have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer. Acrobat is a free program that can be downloaded here. Please make sure you DO NOT CHECK any optional offers. They are not required to download Acrobat Reader. You only need to click on the center button that reads "DOWNLOAD ACROBAT READER."

Your original documents can be returned by regular mail, or we will hold your information at the office until protocols change.  If you must pick up documents in person, we ask you to call ahead to schedule an appointment.

Adjusted Hours

  • Monday – Thursday 9 am – 5 pm
  • Friday - Closed

The following options are available to interact with our office.

For dropping off paperwork:

  • In-person at the entrance
  • Off-hours through the mail slot
  • Email pdf
  • Fax
  • Dropbox secure file transfer
  • Courier and mail

For signing documents and picking up information:

  • In-person
  • Email pdf
  • Fax
  • Dropbox secure file transfer
  • Courier and mail

Please note: The Canada Revenue Agency encourages individuals who expect to receive benefits under the GSTC or the Canada Child Benefit not to delay the filing of their return to ensure their entitlements for the 2020-21 benefit year are properly determined.

Tax Filing changes

Personal income tax returns

Canadian personal income tax returns for individuals without self-employment income have been extended to June 1, 2020. Returns for those with self-employment income are due June 15, 2020.

  • Payment of taxes owing arising in relation to your 2019 personal income tax return can be deferred until August 31, 2020. Interest and penalties will not accrue between March 18, 2020, and August 31, 2020.
  • The Canada Revenue Agency encourages individuals who expect to receive benefits under the GSTC or the Canada Child Benefit not to delay the filing of their return to ensure that their entitlements for the 2020 / 2021 benefit year are properly determined.

Trust Income Tax Returns

  • For trusts having a taxation year ending on December 31, 2019, the filing due date for the trust’s T3 income tax return has been moved to May 1, 2020.
  • Payment of taxes owing arising in relation to the 2019 T3 trust return can be deferred until August 31, 2020. Interest and penalties will not accrue between March 18, 2020, and August 31, 2020.

Corporate income tax returns

  • The government did not extend the tax filing due date for corporate income tax returns. The normal tax filing due date for corporate income tax returns is 6 months after the corporation’s year-end.
  • The payment of Part I income taxes that became owing between March 18, 2020, and August 31, 2020, can be deferred until August 31, 2020. Interest and penalties will not accrue between March 18, 2020, and August 31, 2020.

Income Tax Installments

All taxpayers including individual, corporations, and trusts are deferral until August 31, 2020

The Canada Revenue Agency will allow all taxpayers to defer, until after August 31, 2020, the payment of any income tax amounts that become owing on or after March 18, 2020, and before September 2020. This relief will apply to income tax instalments as well. No interest or penalties will accumulate on these amounts during this period.

GST/HST and Payroll

The government didn’t announce any changes to the tax filing due date for GST/HST returns or payroll remittance. Based on the information provided to date, interest and penalties will continue to apply if GST/HST or payroll is remitted late.

Employment Insurance

Thank you for your patience,
Colin Gray CPA
Professional Corporation

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