Last Friday, the CRA issued a statement saying the deadline for filing tax returns electronically was May 5 at 3 a.m.
That was a mistake.
On Monday, the agency issued a new statement, saying the deadline was, in fact, April 30.
But the damage was done. Too many people — from individual tax filers to tax accounting professionals — saw the first release, assumed it was correct and adjusted their efforts accordingly.
Carter Mann, National Revenue Minister Kerry-Lynne Findlay's spokesman, wrote Radio-Canada on Tuesday morning to explain.
"Minister Findlay has made it clear that this incorrect information is unacceptable and therefore she has directed her officials to ensure no Canadians are penalized for the CRA's error," he wrote.
"Canadians who file their taxes before May 5th will not face any penalty."
It is not yet known how the error slipped through, or who procrastinators across Canada have to thank for the brief reprieve.