Extension to the payment deadline for 2019 income tax returns

September 14, 2020

Ottawa, Ontario

Canada Revenue Agency

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation, and is committed to supporting Canadians throughout it. If you haven’t had the chance to pay your taxes owed for the 2019 income tax season, you still have time.

Payment Deadline Extension

The CRA has extended the payment due date for current year individual, corporate, and trust income tax returns, including instalment payments, from September 1, 2020, to September 30, 2020. Penalties and interest will not be charged if payments are made by the extended deadline of September 30, 2020. This includes the late-filing penalty as long as the return is filed by September 30, 2020.

The CRA encourages everyone to file their individual, corporate and trust returns as soon as possible, even though payment deadlines are being extended. This is particularly important for individuals receiving credits and benefits, such as the Canada Child Benefit.

Still need to make a payment?

You can pay your tax online in many ways:

Paying by instalments?

If you pay your income tax by instalments, your payments that would otherwise have been due on June 15 and September 15, 2020, are now due by September 30, 2020.

You may be required to pay quarterly income tax instalments throughout the year if your net tax owing for that year is more than $3,000 ($1,800 for residents of Quebec). If you earn income that has no tax withheld or does not have enough tax withheld for more than one year, you may have to pay tax by instalments.

If you received an instalment reminder in August 2020, you can choose to reduce or not pay further instalments for 2020 if you meet one of the following conditions:

For more information, visit the CRA’s Payment arrangements web page or call 1-888-863-8657. Telephone agents can help you Monday to Friday from 7 am to 8 pm, Eastern time, except on holidays. You can also follow our step-by-step guide made to help Canadians complete their taxes.

For more information on all the changes to tax and benefits related to COVID-19, go to canada.ca/cra-coronavirus.


For general inquiries:
Canada Revenue Agency

For reporters:
Media Relations

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