Are you self-employed? Know your tax obligations

Being self-employed has a lot of benefits, but it can also have some challenges. The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) wants to help you fulfill your tax obligations so you have one less thing to worry about.

Remember: You and your spouse or common-law partner have until midnight on June 15, 2020, to each file a 2019 income tax and benefit return.

You must pay any balance outstanding by April 30, 2020. The CRA may charge you a late-filing penalty if you owe tax and your return is received after the filing due date. You may also be charged interest if you have a balance owing and your payment is made after the April 30, 2020 balance due date.

There are many ways to make a payment:

Need help understanding your taxes?

The CRA offers a free in-person Liaison Officer service to help small businesses, self‑employed individuals, and individuals with rental income understand their tax obligations.

During an in-person visit, a Liaison Officer will:

For more information or to request this service, go to

Keep in mind:

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For general inquiries:
Canada Revenue Agency

For reporters:
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