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What are the important dates in the tax year?
- February 2021 - Tax packages are available online and by mail.
- February 28, 2021 - Deadline for employers and other payers to give you an information slip, usually a T4 Statement of Remuneration Paid, which tells you and the CRA exactly how much you earned in 2020.
- March 1, 2021 - Deadline to make RRSP contributions for the 2020 tax year.
- April 30, 2021 - Deadline for most tax returns. If you owe anything, you must pay by this date or you will be charged interest and/or penalties.
- June 15, 2021 - Deadline for self-employed persons. If you or your spouse/common-law partner had a business in 2020, your 2020 tax return has to be filed on or before June 15, 2021.
- However, if you have a balance owing for 2020, you still have to pay it on or before April 30, 2021.
Please note there are some changes to this year's tax-filing season:
All software programs that are 'EFILE certified' are compatible with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) process and will allow you to submit your return directly to the CRA. EFILE and ReFILE services will re-open on February 2021.
Canadian residency for tax purposes is not the same as residency for immigration purposes. Find out more in Do I have to file a tax return?
For More Information
- Newcomers to Canada - This guide is for first-time tax filers in Canada. It will help you determine if you are a resident for tax purposes, which is not the same as residency for immigration purposes. From the CRA.
- Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) - The federal agency responsible for administering tax, benefits and related programs across the country. Their website provides detailed information about tax-related issues.
- Frequently Asked Questions about Individual Taxation - Information and answers about tax rates and how to file your return. From the CRA.
- General Income Tax and Benefit Package - A collection of forms and information sheets that you need to file your income tax return. From the CRA.
- Ontario Tax Credits and Benefits - Learn about the different tax credits and benefits you can get to help you with living costs when you file your income tax return. From the Government of Ontario.
March 22, 2021