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Changes to taxes and benefits: CRA and COVID-19

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

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Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

Apply for CERB if you are a worker who has stopped working or are earning less than $1,000 in a month due to COVID-19.

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)

Employers can apply to receive 75% of employee wages to rehire employees who were laid off due to COVID-19.

Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB)

Students who do not qualify for CERB or Employment Insurance and cannot work due to COVID-19, can apply for CESB.

Services and information

Income tax filing and payment deadlines

Extended deadlines for individuals, corporations and trusts

Benefits, credits and financial support

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

Call centre services

Wait times, reduced or suspended services

Protect yourself against fraud

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

Support for employers

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS), Temporary wage subsidy for employers, deferral of GST/HST remittances

Outreach activities

Free tax clinics and service changes

Collections, audit, objections and appeals

Changes to compliance procedures, financial relief measures, changes to requirements to pay


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

Electronic signatures

Authorize tax preparers electronically

International income tax issues

Tax residency, carry on business in Canada, cross-border employment, disposition of property, payments to non-residents

Clearance certificates

Changes to procedures for submitting a request

International waivers and certificates of compliance

Changes to procedures for submitting a request

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Additional updates

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

Employment Insurance (EI) benefits
(Service Canada)

All CRA COVID-19 news

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CRA employees

CRA contracted resources and suppliers

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