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Taxpayer Relief Measures Available to Canadians Affected by Flooding

Jun 18 2013 12:00AM

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OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 06/18/13 -- The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) would like to advise taxpayers who have been affected by flooding in Fort McMurray, Alberta, and other affected areas, that they will have access to the CRA's taxpayer relief provisions if they were unable to meet their tax obligations.

Self-employed individuals and their spouses or common-law partners who are unable to file their income tax returns by June 17 due to flooding can apply to have interest and/or penalties waived or cancelled using Form RC4288, Request for Taxpayer Relief.

The CRA understands that natural disasters may cause great difficulties for affected taxpayers whose primary concerns during this time are their families, homes, and communities. The CRA can provide relief to these taxpayers if they were unable to file their personal income tax returns by June 17, 2013, due to flooding or because of other circumstances beyond their control.

The CRA's taxpayer relief provisions use a balanced approach to assist taxpayers in resolving tax issues that arise due to circumstances beyond their control. Under these provisions, taxpayers 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 payments on time because of a natural disaster. The CRA will consider these requests on a case-by-case basis.

All Canadians have access to the CRA's taxpayer relief measures and will be considered for relief if they miss a filing deadline because their lives were disrupted by natural disasters, including tornadoes, flooding, landslides, hurricanes, and forest fires.

For more information, go to www.cra.gc.ca/taxpayerrelief, or call the CRA at 1-800-959-8281 for individual enquiries, and at 1-800-959-5525 for business enquiries.

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The Canada Revenue Agency reminds taxpayers that all Canadians have access to the CRA's taxpayer relief measures and will be considered for relief if they miss a filing deadline because their lives have been disrupted by natural disasters.

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Contacts:
Noel Carisse
Media Relations
Canada Revenue Agency
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