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Government announces taxpayer relief measures for those affected by natural disasters

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Gail Shea speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa February 11, 2011.       REUTERS/Chris Wattie

Gail Shea speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa February 11, 2011. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

Canadians unable to meet their tax obligations because of natural disasters can access relief provisions from the Canada Revenue Agency, Gail Shea, Minister of National Revenue, said Sunday.

"Recently, Canadians from several regions, including British Columbia, the Yukon, and Saskatchewan, have had to rebuild because of events such as flooding and severe wind," Shea said in a statement. "The taxpayer relief provisions ensure that all Canadians receive fair tax treatment, while they are recovering from the damage resulting from natural catastrophes."

Under these provisions, any taxpayer can apply to the CRA to have interest and/or penalties waived or cancelled in situations where they are unable to file a tax return and/or make a payment on time due to a natural disaster or other extraordinary circumstances beyond their control, Shea said.

Affected taxpayers who have questions or concerns about the CRA's taxpayer relief provisions are asked to visit www.cra.gc.ca/taxpayerrelief or call 1-800-959-8281.

Business owners and self-employed individuals can call the CRA at 1-800-959-5525.

 


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