Tax deadline extended to May 5

CRA back on line after personal data stolen

CRA-web-pageOTTAWA – The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has extended the deadline for Canadians to file their income tax returns until May 5 following a six-day shut down of its web filing services.

The CRA cut public access to its online services on Tuesday, April 8, after learning that their systems were vulnerable to attack due to a defect, known as the Heartbleed bug, in their encryption software.

“I would like to reiterate that interest and penalties will not be applied to individual taxpayers filing their 2013 tax returns after April 30, 2014 for a period equal to the length of the service interruption. This means individual tax returns for 2013 filed by May 5 will not incur interest or penalties,” said Minister of Revenue, Kerry-Lynne Findlay in an official statement.

Canadian government matches

$85M raised for Haiyan relief

Prime Minister Stephen Harper, joined by Senator Enverga and workers at a Red Cross Warehouse, announces our Government’s contribution to the Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund for the Philippines. (PMO photo by Deb Ransom)

Prime Minister Stephen Harper, joined by Senator Tobias Enverga and workers at a Red Cross Warehouse, announces the Canadian government's contribution to the Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund for the Philippines.
(PMO photo by Deb Ransom)

MISSISSAUGA – Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced today (April 3, 2014) that individual Canadians contributed over $85 million in eligible donations, which the federal government will match through its Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund.

Of the over $85 million to be matched by the Canadian government, $15 million was initially disbursed for emergency relief activities in November 2013 to Canada’s humanitarian partners that provided immediate assistance on the ground.

A further $50 million of the $85 million to be matched is being allocated to the following Canadian and international partners to help the people of the Philippines recover from the impact of super typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda):