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Changes to taxes and benefits: CRA and COVID-19

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Updates on changes to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) services, due dates and programs affected by the pandemic.

Open Employed and self-employed individuals who are affected by COVID-19 and don’t qualify for Employment Insurance (EI) benefits can apply for CRB.

Open Apply for CRCB if you are unable to work because of COVID-19 due to caring for your child or a family member who needs supervised care.

Open Employed or self-employed individuals who are sick or need to self-isolate due to COVID-19 can apply for CRSB.

Open Employers can apply to receive part of their employee wages to support staff or bring them back to work.

Ended The CERB has now ended. The CRA is continuing to accept and process retroactive applications for period 7 (August 30 to September 26, 2020).

Closed The CESB closed to applications on September 30, 2020. You can no longer apply for this benefit.

Services and information

Resuming business activities

Some CRA programs and services will be returning in September 2020. Learn what this means for you

Income tax filing and payment deadlines

Extended deadlines for individuals, corporations and trusts

Benefits, credits and financial support

Changes to benefits and credits, temporary financial support, benefit reviews

Call centre services

Wait times, reduced or suspended services

Protect yourself against fraud

Beware of fraudulent emails, texts, or calls claiming to be from the CRA about repaying benefits

Information for employers

New T4 reporting requirements, Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS), Temporary wage subsidy for employers, deferral of GST/HST remittances


Service changes, extended deadlines, call centre information, preliminary reviews

International income tax issues

Guidance on issues raised by the COVID-19 crisis and how to obtain international waivers and certificates of compliance

Clearance certificates

Changes to procedures for submitting a request

Related links

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Additional updates

Coronavirus disease COVID-19
(Public Health Agency of Canada)

Employment Insurance (EI) benefits
(Service Canada)

COVID-19 Ministerial Orders

All CRA COVID-19 news

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