Recently the Canadian federal government’s website and computers were hit by the Heartbleed bug. The computer virus took down Canada Revenue Agency’s online filing services and also prompted the government to shut down access to client information sites such as Represent a Client, Netfile, My Business Account and My Account. Canada Revenue Agency acknowledged that this event impacted individuals trying to gather their information to file their 2013 personal income tax returns which would normally be due on or before April 30, 2014.
The online services were restored on Sunday April 13th. Canada Revenue Agency announced yesterday that they would not assess interest or penalties for taxpayers who file their 2013 Canadian personal income tax returns on or before Monday, May 5, 2014. This effectively gives individual taxpayers another five days to file their tax returns.
More information can be found at Canada Revenue Agency’s website http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/gncy/fq-hb-eng.html
Written by Steven Flynn, CA,CPA