You Have To File Your Taxes Before September If You Want To Keep Getting Some Benefits
Get it done!
Have you filed yet? For your 2019 taxes, Canada needs you to file before September this year. That's if you want to keep getting some benefits from the government.
The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is letting Canadians know about the potential effects of not submitting your taxes by a certain time this year.
For anyone who gets the Canada Child Benefit (CCB) and the Goods and Services Tax (GST/HST) credit, it needs to be done as soon as possible but at least before September.
Doing that will ensure that you keep getting the right amount from the benefit and credit and that payments continue beyond September.
If you don't file before then, payments will stop in October.
You might even have to repay what you got this year in July, August and September.
The CRA gave some ways that you can get help with filing if you need it.
Community organizations across the country host free tax clinics, which can now be done virtually where volunteers file for you.
There are clinics in different provinces and territories and you can search online for one in your area.
You can also file online using certified tax software that guides you through the process.
The CRA said that as of June, more than 1.9 million Canadians who were eligible for the benefit and credit hadn't filed or gotten an assessment for their return.
You can check if you're eligible to get the CCB or GST/HST credit online through the My Account portal or the MyBenefits CRA app.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the deadline for filing taxes this year was pushed back to June.
However, if your return and payment are made before September 1, you won't be charged late-filing fees or interest.
Next year, you might be able to get a break on your taxes.
There's a work-space-in-the-home deduction that you can use if youmost of the time.
Expenses for that workspace can be deducted if they meet certain conditions.