Minister Blackburn extends personal income tax filing deadline for taxpayers affected by flooding in Manitoba

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The following is now available on the CRA Web site:

News Release

Winnipeg, Manitoba, April 17, 2009… The Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of National Revenue and Minister of State (Agriculture) confirmed today that taxpayers affected by flooding in Manitoba will have until June 1, 2009, to file their 2008 personal income tax returns.

“The Government of Canada understands that taxpayers in Manitoba have encountered great difficulties during this flooding,” said Minister Blackburn. “We know that people are primarily concerned with protecting their homes and communities from damage and as a result may not be able to file their personal income tax returns on time. This filing extension is one of the ways the Government is helping those affected by this flood.”

The Minister also confirmed that the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is making every effort to ensure that no additional hardship is created for taxpayers directly or indirectly affected by flooding. Any affected taxpayers who are unable to file their personal income tax returns by the extended deadline of June 1, 2009, should contact the CRA to apply for taxpayer relief.

Businesses are reminded that taxpayer relief provisions are also available for those who are unable to meet their tax obligations due to the flooding. Requests for taxpayer relief are considered by the CRA on a case-by-case basis.

Taxpayers and businesses affected by the flooding who have any questions or concerns regarding their tax matters can call the CRA at 1-800-959-8281 or the Business Window at 1-800-959-5525 and should submit their request in writing using the Taxpayer Relief Request form RC4288, Request for Taxpayer Relief.

SOURCE: CRA Newsroom


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