Canada Revenue Agency

Canada Revenue Agency

March 04, 2009 11:00 ET

Canada Revenue Agency: Interest Rates for the Second Calendar Quarter

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 4, 2009) - The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) today announced the prescribed annual interest rates that will apply to any amounts owed to the CRA and to any amounts the CRA owes to individuals and corporations. These rates are calculated quarterly in accordance with applicable legislation and will be in effect from April 1 to June 30, 2009.

Income tax

- The interest rate charged on overdue taxes, Canada Pension Plan contributions, and Employment Insurance premiums will be 5%.

- The interest rate paid on overpayments will be 3%.

- The interest rate used to calculate taxable benefits for employees and shareholders from interest-free and low-interest loans will be 1%.

Other taxes

The interest rate on overdue and overpaid remittances for the following taxes will be:

Tax and Duty Overdue Overpaid
remittances remittances

Goods and Services Tax (GST) 5% 3%
Harmonized Sales Tax 5% 3%
Air Travellers Security Charge 5% 3%
Excise Tax (non GST) 5% 3%
Excise Duty (except Brewer Licensees) 5% 3%
Excise Duty (Brewer Licensees) 3% N/A
Softwood Lumber Products Export Charge 5% 3%

For information on the prescribed interest rates of other calendar quarters, go to the Web page.

Contact Information

  • Canada Revenue Agency
    Caitlin Workman
    Media Relations