Penalties and interest
Late filing and failure to file the T5008 information return
You have to file the T5008 information return (slips) and give the T5008 slips to the recipients on or before the last day of February following the calendar year to which the information return applies. When a due date falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or public holiday, your return is considered on time if we receive it or it is postmarked on or before the next business day.
The minimum penalty for late filing the T5008 information return is $100 and the maximum penalty is $7,500. For the complete penalty structure, go to Late filing information return.
Failure to provide information on a return
Anyone who prepares an information return has to make a reasonable effort to get the necessary information, including identification numbers, from the individuals, trusts, corporations, or partnerships that will get the slips. If you do not do this, you may be liable to a $100 penalty for each failure to comply with this requirement.
Failure to file information returns over the Internet
If you file more than 50 information returns (slips) for a calendar year and you do not file the information returns by Internet file transfer or Web Forms, you are liable to pay a penalty decided as follows in the table below.
Each slip is an information return, and the penalty we assess is based on the number of information returns filed in an incorrect format. The penalty is calculated according to the type of information return. For example, if you file 51 T5 slips and 51 T5008 slips on paper, we will assess two penalties of $250, one per type of information return.
|Number of information returns (slips) by type||Penalty|
|51 to 250||$250|
|251 to 500||$500|
|501 to 2,500||$1,500|
|2,501 or more||$2,500|
Failure to provide an identification number
Individuals, trusts, corporations, or partnerships have to give their social insurance number (SIN), their trust account number, their business number (BN) or their account number on request to anyone who has to prepare an information slip for them. A person or partnership that does not do so is liable to a $100 penalty for each failure to comply with this requirement. This penalty does not apply if the person or partnership had applied for, but had not yet received, a SIN, a BN or account number at the time the return was filed.
A person or partnership that does not have an identification number must apply for one within 15 days of the date of an information request. After receiving the identification number, the person or partnership has 15 days to provide it to the person who is preparing an information return.
Failure to provide a social insurance number (SIN) on a return
Make sure the SIN and name you enter on the T5008 slip for each individual recipient are correct.
If the individual does not give you their SIN, you should be able to show that you made a reasonable effort to get it. For example, if you contact a recipient by mail to ask for their SIN, record the date of your request and keep a copy of any correspondence that relates to it. If you do not make a reasonable effort to get a SIN, you may be subject to a penalty of $100 for each failure. If you cannot get a SIN from the recipient, file your information return, without the SIN, no later than the last day of February. If you do not, you may be subject to a penalty.
A person who does not have a SIN can apply for one at any Service Canada Centre.
For more information, see Information Circular IC82-2R, Social Insurance Number Legislation that Relates to the Preparation of Information Slips, or visit Service Canada.
Using the identification number
If you have to prepare an information return, or if you are an officer, employee, or agent of someone who does, you cannot knowingly use or communicate an identification number, or allow it to be communicated, without the written consent of the individual, taxpayer, trust or partnership, other than as required or authorized by law or for the purpose for which the number was provided.
If you use an identification number for unauthorized purposes, you may be guilty of an offence. If convicted, you are liable to a maximum fine of $5,000 or imprisonment of up to 12 months, or both.
If you fail to pay an amount, we can apply interest from the day your payment was due. The interest rate we use is determined every three months, based on prescribed interest rates. Interest is compounded daily. We also apply interest to unpaid penalties.
For more information go to Prescribed interest rates.
Cancel or waive penalties and interest
The CRA administers legislation, commonly called taxpayer relief provisions, that allows the CRA discretion to cancel or waive penalties or interest when the taxpayers cannot meet their tax obligations due to circumstances beyond their control.
The CRA’s discretion to grant relief is limited to any period that ended within 10 calendar years before the year in which a request is made.
For penalties, the CRA will consider your request only if it relates to a tax year or fiscal period ending in any of the 10 calendar years before the year in which you make your request. For example, your request made in 2020 must relate to a penalty for a tax year or fiscal period ending in 2010 or later.
For interest on a balance owing for any tax year or fiscal period, the CRA will consider only the amounts that accrued during the 10 calendar years before the year in which you make your request. For example, your request made in 2020 must relate to interest that accrued in 2010 or later.
For more information about relief from penalties or interest and how to submit your request, go to Taxpayer relief provisions.
Notice of assessment
We will only issue a notice of assessment for the T5008 information return if we apply a penalty.
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