Paying your 2019 taxes owing

When filing your return, you may have a balance owing on line 48500. Generally, if this amount is $2 or less for 2019, you do not have to make a payment.

If you owe tax for 2019, and you file your 2019 return after the filing due date, the CRA will charge a late-filing penalty.

The CRA will charge daily compound interest on any outstanding balance starting October 1, 2020, until you pay it in full.

Note: some taxpayers may have received a 2019 Notice of Assessment that says the deadline for payment is April 30, 2020 or September 1, 2020, which is incorrect.

For information about your account balance and payments, see My Account.


If you filed your return and have received your notice of assessment showing a balance owing, see Paying arrears.

Payment methods

You can make your payment in several ways. See Make a payment.

Important dates

  • You can pay your outstanding balance before you file your return. If you do, specify the year to which you want the payment applied. When you complete your return, claim this amount on line 47600. As long as you file your return by the filing due date and pay by September 30, 2020, the CRA will not charge you interest or a late-filing penalty.
  • You can file your return before the filing due date and make a post-dated payment. As long as you file your return by the filing due date and pay by September 30, 2020, the CRA will not charge interest on your balance owing.
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