07/28/2020 11:02 EDT | Updated 07/28/2020 17:09 EDT

Canadians Now Have Until The End Of September To Settle Their Taxes

The Canada Revenue Agency extended the tax payment deadline.

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A CRA mailbox is photographed in Toronto on July 29, 2019. The Liberals have already extended the tax payment deadline from the end of April to September. 

OTTAWA — Anyone who owes the federal government taxes will now have until the end of September to pay.

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) says the payment deadline has been moved to Sept. 30 for individuals, corporations and trusts that had various deadlines through the month.

Penalties and interest on owed taxes on a 2019 return will accrue if payments aren’t made by the new deadline.

The Liberals extended the tax payment deadline from the end of April in a bid to keep more money in the economy as it went into a sharp downturn due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Federal estimates put the short-term price tag on the delay at $55 billion, which the government would then recoup once the new deadline hit.

Anyone who doesn’t file their income taxes on time could be cut off from income-tested benefits like the Canada Child Benefit, or have to repay some of the money from those benefits if there’s a large change from the previous tax year’s return.

Low-income seniors who receive the guaranteed income supplement have to file their returns by Oct. 1 to avoid an interruption in benefits.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 27, 2020.

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