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Changes to taxes and benefits: CRA and COVID-19

Updates on changes to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) services, due dates and programs affected by the pandemic.

Open Employed and self-employed individuals who are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and don’t qualify for Employment Insurance (EI) benefits can apply for CRB.

Open Apply for CRCB if you are unable to work because of the COVID-19 pandemic due to caring for your child or a family member who needs supervised care.

Open Employed or self-employed individuals who are sick or need to self-isolate due to the COVID-19 pandemic can apply for CRSB.

Open Businesses, non profits, and charities that are financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic can apply for a subsidy to cover part of their commercial rent and property expenses.

Open Employers can apply to receive part of their employee wages to support staff or bring them back to work.

Ended How to repay the CERB, the impact on your taxes, and if your application needs validation.

Services and information

Home office expenses for employees

Claim a deduction for certain home office expenses on your personal income tax return.

Benefits, credits and financial support

Changes to benefits and credits, temporary financial support, benefit reviews

Income tax filing and payment deadlines

Deadlines for individuals, corporations, and trusts

Protect yourself against fraud

Beware of fraudulent emails, texts, or calls claiming to be from the CRA about repaying benefits

Information for employers

New T4 reporting requirements, Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS), Temporary wage subsidy for employers, Employer-provided benefits


Service changes, extended deadlines, call centre information, preliminary reviews

International income tax issues

Guidance on issues raised by the COVID-19 pandemic and how to obtain international waivers and certificates of compliance

Clearance certificates

Changes to procedures for submitting a request

Indigenous income tax issues

Guidance on the application of the Indian Act Exemption for Employment Income Guidelines

Related links

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Additional updates

Coronavirus disease COVID-19
(Public Health Agency of Canada)

Employment Insurance (EI) benefits
(Service Canada)

COVID-19 pandemic Ministerial Orders

All CRA COVID-19 pandemic news

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