Taxpayer relief deadline is December 31, 2020, for requests related to 2010

December 10, 2020

Ottawa, Ontario

Canada Revenue Agency

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) would like to remind taxpayers and registrants that they have until December 31, 2020, to make a taxpayer relief request related to the 2010 tax year.

Taxpayer relief is limited to tax years or reporting periods that ended within 10 calendar years of the year the taxpayer relief request is made. The CRA may also cancel interest and penalties that accrued within 10 calendar years of the year the taxpayer relief request is made, regardless of the tax year or reporting period in which the debt originated.

The deadline applies to taxpayer relief requests for:

If you are involved in a tax process with the CRA, including an audit, objection, or appeal for the 2010 tax year, or a reporting period that ended in 2010, and are not sure if you need to make a taxpayer relief request, then you should make a request before the December 31, 2020, deadline.

The best way for you or your authorized representative to submit a request for the CRA to cancel penalties or interest is online.

For information on the Submit Documents online service, go to Submit documents online.

You or your authorized representative can also make a request to cancel penalties or interest by filling out Form RC4288, Request for Taxpayer Relief - Cancel or Waive Penalties or Interest or writing a letter marked "Taxpayer Relief" and sending it by mail to one of the designated offices listed at the end of the form.

For more details on supporting documents required, go to Information you must include with your request.

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