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How does Revenu Québec’s deferral announcement affect me?

Revenu Québec has announced that it won’t impose penalties or interest on anyone who files and pays their provincial taxes by May 31. The deadline to file your 2020 federal and provincial tax returns is still April 30

We recommend that you file your federal and provincial taxes before the April 30 deadline to avoid potential interruptions/inaccuracies to any credits or benefits that are calculated based on your tax returns.

Federal tax returns are still due to the CRA on April 30 (self-employed individuals have until June 15). Taxes owing for 2020 are also due on April 30. Your amounts owing will be charged interest as of May 1, unless you’re eligible to receive interest relief.

As with your federal tax return, your provincial tax return is still due April 30. Revenu Québec is providing a grace period by not imposing penalties or interest as long as your provincial taxes are filed and paid by May 31.

Revenu Québec may choose to charge you penalties if you file your provincial return after May 31. As of June 1, interest will begin to apply to any unpaid balances for your 2020 taxes owing.

You won’t have to pay interest on your 2020 taxes owing until April 30, 2022 if:

  • You file your 2020 tax return, and 
  • You received at least one COVID-19 benefit, such as the Canada Emergency Benefit (CERB), the Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB), or the Incentive Program to Retain Essential Workers (IPREW), and
  • Your income was $75,000 or less.

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