04/28/2015 10:30 EDT | Updated 06/28/2015 01:12 EDT

Income tax filing deadline extended to May 5 due to "human error"

OTTAWA - Canadians are getting more time to file their taxes due to a mistake by the Canada Revenue Agency.The deadline for most Canadians was set for the end of the month.However, due to a human error, incorrect notification was sent to tax preparers last week indicating the deadline was May 5.A spokesman for Revenue Minister Kerry-Lynne Findlay says the minister has directed her officials to ensure no Canadians are penalized for the CRA's error.Canadians who file their taxes before May 5 will not face any penalty.CRA extended the deadline to May 5 last year after the Heartbleed bug forced a five-day shutdown of its E-file and Netfile services.