Canadian Tax Adviser, May 10, 2016 The CRA has announced that it will offer tax relief to Canadians who have been affected by the wildfires in north-east Alberta and Fort McMurray. Individuals, businesses, and first responders who are unable to file or pay taxes on time can make a request to the CRA for taxpayer relief.
The CRA is also ceasing all collections, audit related-activities and administrative correspondence for those in affected areas, and is cancelling all penalties and interests for impacted individuals who are unable to file their tax return or pay amounts owing. Designated telephone agents will be available to provide assistance to callers affected by the wildfires. Agents are able to request taxpayer relief on their behalf and can provide advice relating to lost, destroyed, or damaged records.
Individuals can contact the CRA at 1-800-959-8281 and business callers can call 1-800-959-5525.
The CRA will also be working with Canada Post to ensure that taxpayers expecting a tax refund or benefit payment have secure access to their mail following the suspension of delivery to Fort McMurray.
For more information, contact your KPMG adviser.
Information is current to May 10, 2016. The information contained in this publication is of a general nature and is not intended to address the circumstances of any particular individual or entity. Although we endeavour to provide accurate and timely information, there can be no guarantee that such information is accurate as of the date it is received or that it will continue to be accurate in the future. No one should act upon such information without appropriate professional advice after a thorough examination of the particular situation. For more information, contact KPMG's National Tax Centre at 416.777.8500