Interest and penalties
If you have a balance owing for 2012, we charge compound daily interest starting May 1, 2013, on any unpaid amounts owing for 2012. This includes any balance owing if we reassess your return. In addition, we will charge you interest on the penalties starting the day after your return is due. The rate of interest we charge can change every three months. See Prescribed interest rates.
If you have amounts owing from previous years, we will continue to charge compound daily interest on those amounts. Payments you make are first applied to amounts owing from previous years.
Interest on unpaid taxes may be waived or cancelled under certain circumstances. See Taxpayer relief provisions.
If you owe tax for 2012 and do not file your return for 2012 on time, we will charge you a late-filing penalty. The penalty is 5% of your 2012 balance owing, plus1% of your balance owing for each full month that your return is late, to a maximum of 12 months.
If we charged a late-filing penalty on your return for 2009, 2010, or 2011 your late-filing penalty for 2012 may be 10% of your 2012 balance owing, plus 2% of your 2012 balance owing for each full month that your return is late, to a maximum of 20 months.
Even if you cannot pay the full amount of your balance owing on or before April 30, 2013, you can avoid the late-filing penalty by filing your return on time.
We may waive or cancel this penalty as well as any interest that may apply if you file your return late because of circumstances beyond your control. If this happens, complete Form RC4288, Request for Taxpayer Relief, and mail it to the intake centre responsible for your province or territory of residence.
For a penalty, only requests relating to tax years ending in any of the 10 calendar years before the year in which you make the request will be considered. For example, a request made in 2013 must relate to a penalty for the 2003 or a later tax year.
For interest on a balance owing or on a penalty for any tax year, the amounts that accrued during the 10 calendar years before the year in which you make the request will be considered. For example, a request made in 2013 must relate to interest that accrued in 2003 or a later calendar year.
For more information, go to Taxpayer relief provisions, or see Information Circular IC07-1, Taxpayer Relief Provisions.
Repeated failure to report income penalty
If you failed to report an amount on your return for 2012 and you also failed to report an amount on your return for 2009, 2010, or 2011, 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 2012. However, if you voluntarily tell us about an amount you failed to report, we may waive these penalties. For more information, see Voluntary Disclosures Program.
For residents of Quebec, only the federal penalty will be applied as the provincial tax is assessed by Revenu Québec.
For non-residents and deemed residents of Canada, the provincial/territorial penalty will be applied only if provincial/territorial tax is payable.
Denis has been a resident of Manitoba all his life. At the time he filed his 2009 return he forgot to report $850 of interest income he received that year. In 2010, CRA reassessed his return to include the unreported income. When Denis filed his 2011 tax return in 2012, he failed to report $1,500 of employment income he earned. Later that year when CRA reassessed his 2011 return to include the unreported employment income, Denis was charged a $300 penalty ($150 federal + $150 provincial) for repeated failure to report income. The penalty was charged because Denis failed to report on his 2011 return income that was required to be reported and one of his tax returns for the three previous years was reassessed for the same reason.
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 2012 return.
The penalty is equal to the greater of:
- $100; and
- 50% of the understatement of tax and/or the overstatement of credits related to the false statement or omission.
However, if you voluntarily tell us about an amount you failed to report and/or an overstatement of credits, we may waive this penalty. For more information, see Voluntary Disclosures Program.
Forms and publications
- General Income Tax and Benefit Package - Guide, return and schedules
- IC07-1, Taxpayer Relief Provisions
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