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COVID-19: Tax Info Centre

canadaimage.png We recognize that with the rapidly evolving COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation in Canada, these are uncertain times for everyone.

At TurboTax, we're here to help. We've created the COVID-19 Tax Info Centre as a quick-reference resource to house any and all information related to how the pandemic may impact your tax filing experience. This hub will be updated in real-time as information becomes available, so be sure to check back to be kept up-to-date during this fluid situation.

Answers to commonly asked questions:

Financial assistance programs

Individuals whose employment has been suspended, cancelled or delayed, may qualify for a number of financial assistance programs from the federal government.

The following government assistance programs may be available to you:

Apply for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

The following government assistance programs may be available to you:

Apply for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

The following government assistance programs may be available to you:

Apply for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

The following government assistance programs may be available to you:

Apply for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

Family assistance programs

Government child benefits and assistance are available to aid in the added costs of childcare and expenses.

The following government assistance programs may be available to you:

Apply for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

The following government assistance programs may be available to you:

Apply for the Canada Child Benefit

 

*Note: If you are already receiving the Canada Child Benefit, you will see an automatic increase (up to $300 per child), on your regular monthly payment in May, 2020. There is no need to re-apply to receive this increase.

Student assistance programs

Government benefits and assistance is available to provide relief to students facing financial stress(es) due to COVID-19.

Applications for this program closed in February, 2020. Those who completed the application progress prior to this deadline can check for current job postings here.

The government of Canada has issued an automatic six-month, interest-free deferral on all Canada Student Loans, for all borrowers. There is no need to apply for this deferral for those eligible.

Find out more by visiting the federal government website here.

The following government assistance programs may be available to you:

Apply for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

Proposed Canada Emergency Student Benefit

There is currently a proposal before parliament called the Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB). Through this proposal, post-secondary students would be eligible for $1,250/month (from May through August), with that amount increasing to up to $2,000/month if the student has a disability (or is caring for someone with a disability). Payments would be made through the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

Continue to check the federal government website for information on the parliamentary process.

Assistance programs for businesses

Government programs are available to provide relief to businesses, such as assistance with wage subsidies, loans, and general tax relief.

Assistance programs for seniors

A new government program has been proposed to provide financial relief to seniors, and rules surrounding RRIFs have been temporarily amended.

Required minimum withdrawals from RRIFs have been reduced by 25% for 2020.

Find out more by visiting the federal government website here.

Seniors who qualify for Old Age Security (OAS) will be eligible for a one-time, tax-free payment of $300, with those eligible for the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) eligible for an extra $200. Those eligible for both will receive the combined $500 total.

If you are already receiving OAS and/or GIS payments, there is no need to re-apply, as these increases are automatic.

Continue to check the federal government website for more information.

Tax assistance and personal finance 

Tax credits and payment deferrals may be part of relief efforts for qualified Canadians.

Assistance for property owners 

You may be eligible to defer your mortgage payments due to suspension of evictions and rent hikes.

Property owners facing financial stress may be eligible for mortgage payment deferral up to 6 months.

To find out more, visit the Canada Mortgage and Housing Cooperation website here.

Assistance for Canadians abroad 

Canadians stuck abroad may be eligible for assistance or emergency loans in order to return home.

The federal government has set up the Emergency Loan Program for Canadians Abroad, to provide assistance for those Canadians without the financial means to return home.

Repayable loans for up to $5,000 are available to aid in purchasing plane tickets back to Canada.

Visit the federal government website to learn more and how to apply.

Assistance for Canadians with disabilities

Canadians with disabilities may be eligible for additional financial support

Related information:

CRA guide to filing your 2019 taxes

What to know about COVID-19 and your taxes

COVID-19 and Finances: Ultimate Money Tip and Resource Guide

Official Federal government response

Official Quebec provincial response

Federal government extends payment deadline (updated 7/27/20)

Quebec government extends payment deadline (updated 7/27/20)

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