Income tax filing deadline extended to May 5

Canadians are getting more time to file and pay their taxes due to a mistake by the Canada Revenue Agency.

For individuals filing their 2014 income tax and benefit returns, late filing penalties will not be applied to returns filed by midnight on May 5th (local time), regardless of the filing method.  In addition, interest will not be charged on any amount owing for the 2014 tax year during the period from April 30 up to and including May 5, 2015. 

For self-employed individuals and their spouses or common-law partners, the deadline to file their 2014 income tax and benefit returns is midnight on June 15, 2015 (local time), and any balance owing is due by April 30, 2015. However, interest will not be charged on any amount owing for 2014 during the period from April 30 up to and including May 5, 2015.

The deadline for most Canadians was set for April 30. The extension is due to a mistake by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). On April 24, the CRA issued a communication to some Canadians that referred to an incorrect filing deadline for 2014 tax returns of May 5, 2015, rather than April 30, 2015. 

The CRA extended the tax filing deadline for individuals to May 5 last year after the Heartbeed bug forced a five-day shutdown of its electronic services.

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