Income tax offices will be accepting tax returns until midnight Thursday

Staff ~ The Telegram
Published on April 29, 2009

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is reminding taxpayers they have until midnight Thursday to file their 2008 income tax returns.

Returns can be dropped off at the following CRA drop-off boxes at 165 Duckworth St. St. John's and 290 Empire Ave. in St. John's.

According to a news release, anyone who owes tax on April 30, but cannot pay the full amount, should file the tax return on time.

Although interest may be applied to the outstanding tax balance, filing on time means the late-filing penalties can be avoided. The penalty for filing a tax return late is five per cent of the balance owing, plus one per cent for each month the return is outstanding, to a maximum of 12 months.

The penalties may be higher if the person was charged a late-filing penalty in any of the previous three years.

Even if there's no tax owed it is still important to file the return on time to ensure benefits and credits like the GST/HST tax credit and Canada Child Tax Benefit continue without interruption.

So far in Newfoundland and Labrador, 230,422 residents have filed their 2008 personal tax returns. Last year a total of 403,000 Newfoundland and Labrador residents filed returns.

Self-employed people, their spouse or common-law partner have until midnight on June 15 to file their returns, though they still have to pay any tax owing by April 30.

The NETFILE transmission service is a quick, easy and secure way of electronically filing your 2008 personal income tax and benefit return. The service is available seven days a week from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 a.m. Newfoundland Time.

For more tax information, visit the CRA website at or contact the individual income tax enquiries line at 1-800-959-8281.

The enquiries line telephone service hours are extended until 10 p.m. weekdays, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on weekends until April 30.