Canada Revenue Agency

Canada Revenue Agency

July 29, 2012 11:00 ET

Taxpayer Relief Measures Available to Canadians Affected by Natural Disasters

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 29, 2012) - The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of National Revenue, today highlighted that Canadians who have been affected by devastating weather conditions can apply for relief from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) if they are having difficulty meeting their tax obligations because of extreme weather events.

"Our Government understands that severe weather events can prevent Canadians from meeting their tax obligations. Recently, Canadians from several regions, including British Columbia, the Yukon, and Saskatchewan, have had to rebuild because of events such as flooding and severe wind," said Minister Shea. "The taxpayer relief provisions ensure that all Canadians receive fair tax treatment, while they are recovering from the damage resulting from natural catastrophes."

All Canadians have access to the CRA's taxpayer relief measures and will be considered for relief if they miss a payment or filing deadline because their lives were disrupted by uncontrollable weather events, including forest fires caused by lightning strikes, tornadoes, flooding, landslides and hurricanes.

The taxpayer relief provisions use a balanced approach to help taxpayers to resolve tax issues that arise through no fault of their own. Under these provisions, any taxpayer can apply to the CRA to have interest and/or penalties waived or cancelled in situations where they are unable to file a tax return and/or make a payment on time due to a natural disaster or other extraordinary circumstances beyond their control. Taxpayers must submit their request in writing using form RC4288, Request for Taxpayer Relief. The CRA will consider these requests on a case-by-case basis.

Affected taxpayers who have questions or concerns about the CRA's taxpayer relief provisions can access additional information on the CRA website at www.cra.gc.ca/taxpayerrelief or they can call the CRA at 1-800-959-8281. Business owners and self-employed individuals can call the CRA at 1-800-959-5525.

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The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of National Revenue, highlighted today that the Canada Revenue Agency has taxpayer relief provisions available to Canadians if they are unable to meet their tax obligations due to the effects of natural disasters.

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    Interim Director of Communications
    Office of the Minister of National Revenue
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