Typical CRA Tax Penalties:
- Late-filing penalty (Individuals and Corporations)
- Repeated failure to report income penalty
- False statements or omissions penalty
Late-filing penalty (Individuals and Corporations)
If you or your corporation owe tax and do not file your return for the first year on time, CRA will charge you a late-filing penalty. The penalty is 5% of the first year balance owing, plus 1% of your balance owing for each month that your return is late, to a maximum of 12 months. Or a maximum of 17% of tax owing for the first time offender on late filing.
If you file late for the second time within previous three years, your late filing penalties increased drastically to a maximum 50% of tax owing. For example, if CRA charged a late-filing penalty for any of 2010, 2011, or 2012, your late-filing penalty for 2013 may be 10% of your 2013 balance owing, plus 2% of your 2013 balance owing for each month that your return is late, to a maximum of 20 months.
Repeated failure to report income penalty
If you forget to report an income amount on your return for one year and you also failed to report an amount on your return for any of previous three years, you may have to pay a federal and provincial/territorial repeated failure to report income penalty.
The federal and provincial/territorial penalties are each 10% of the amount that you failed to report on your return for 2010. That is a penalty of up to 20% for not reporting income the second time no matter intentional or not.
False statements or omissions penalty
You may have to pay a penalty if you, knowingly or under circumstances amounting to gross negligence, have made a false statement or omission on your tax return.
The penalty could be as much as 50% of the understatement of tax and/or the overstatement of credits related to the false statement or omission.
If you have a balance owing for the first year, CRA charge compound daily interest starting May 1st the second year, on any unpaid amounts owing for the first year. This includes any balance owing if CRA reassess your return. In addition, CRA will charge you interest on the penalties starting the day after your return is due. The rate of interest CRA charge can change every three months.
If you have amounts owing from previous years, CRA will continue to charge compound daily interest on those amounts. Payments you make are first applied to amounts owing from previous years.
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Obviously it makes sense to avoid the whole issue of penalties and interest costs altogether by ensuring that you file your returns properly and paying your taxes on time. If you have unfiled tax issues or tax debts owing, then you will be at the mercy of the tax system that certainly does not make a point of giving the little guy a break. There are reports of many people who have experienced financial hardships due to increasing interest costs for their tax debts, as well as the penalties for not doing things on the CRA’s schedule.
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