Do you know when you are required to file income tax returns for your business with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)? The following is a guideline to use to make sure you file in time to avoid penalties.
If you are a solopreneur or self-employed, the deadline is June 15th whether you owe tax or not. If you owe, you should pay by April 30th to avoid interest. Keep in mind that if the date falls on a weekend or holiday, it is due the following business day. This also becomes the effective date for any spouse or common-law partners as they are unable to file without your income. There are many software applications online for free to file these returns. Keep in mind that the software won’t know all of the tax benefits you can take advantage of. For this, you need the advice of an expert.
If you are a corporation, you must file your tax return within 6 months of your corporate year end, however, you should pay within 3 months to avoid interest. So if your year-end is December 31, you must file by June 30. If your company owes tax and you don’t have the funds to pay it off, file anyway! If your filing date ends on a weekend or holiday, it is due the following business day.
For information on penalties, refer to the CRA website. In short, you want to avoid these.
Keep in mind, no matter what type of business you have, you must keep your records for 7 years in good order in case the CRA decides to audit you. Having systems in place for records is imperative.