Income Tax Act s. 150(1)
Personal income tax returns, except for those of self-employed individuals, are normally due by April 30th, as is any amount owing. Penalties and interest may be charged for late returns or late payments.
Because April 30, 2017 is a Sunday, the due date for 2016 tax returns is Monday, May 1, 2017.
If you are filing online, Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) sometimes allows a grace period for taxpayers who may experience delays in submitting their return online. Any amount owing is still expected to be paid by April 30th (normally) to avoid any penalties. See the CRA home page for more information. You can NetFile your tax return online until long after the due date, but it will be considered late if filed after the due date.
Self-employed individuals have until Thursday, June 15, 2017 to file their 2016 personal tax returns, but any amounts owing must still be paid by May 1st.
The Income Tax Act specifies the due dates above as April 30th and June 15th. The Interpretation Act s. 26 indicates that when the due date falls on a holiday, then the due date will be considered to be the next day that is not a holiday. The Interpretation Act s. 35(1) defines "holiday" by listing the applicable statutory holidays, and indicates that Sunday is considered a holiday. According to the Interpretation Act, Saturday is not considered a holiday. However, the CRA information on Important Dates for Individuals indicates that "When a due date falls on a Saturday, a Sunday, or a public holiday, we consider your payment to be paid on time or your return to be filed on time, if we receive it or if it is postmarked on the next business day." Note that this is not true of the remittance of an amount deducted or withheld (such as payroll or GST/HST remittances), or payable by a corporation. Payments of these amounts are deemed to have been made on the date that they are received by CRA (Receiver General), as per s. 248(7) of the Income Tax Act.
Many CRA offices stay open until midnight on the personal income tax return filing due date to accept returns.
If you can't afford to pay, file your tax return on time to avoid late-filing penalties!
Tax Tip: Always file your tax return on time, or better yet, early!
Revised: December 30, 2016
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