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Canada Launches Tax Filing Season

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

On February 19, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) officially opened the 2019 tax filing season.

The CRA has now begun processing income tax and benefit returns. Most income tax and benefit returns are due on April 30.

Self-employed individuals have until June 15, 2019, to file their returns. Since June 15, 2019, falls on a Saturday, the CRA considers a return to be filed on time if the CRA receives it by or it is postmarked midnight June 17, 2019. However, if a balance is owing, payment must be made by April 30, 2019.

From now until April 30, the CRA will offer extended evening and weekend hours for individual tax inquiries. The CRA said that it has made significant improvements to its call centers. By February 11, the CRA will mail the income tax package to individuals who filed on paper the previous year.

Last year, nearly 90 percent of the over 29 million returns Canadians filed were completed online.

Revenue Minister Diane Lebouthillier said: "Over the past three years, our Government has put service improvement at the top of our priorities. The new services we have introduced at the Canada Revenue Agency have made it easier, faster, and more secure for Canadians to file their taxes. These changes are delivering real results for Canadians."