For those asking for a copy of my draft email.
this is what I sent to Minister Seamus O’Regan. You can modify to suit your Member of Parliament
Can I make a suggestion to pass on to your colleagues especially Minister Diane Lebouthillier regarding the Canada Revenue Agency and deadlines. Seamus as you are aware I work in the accounting and taxation field and today one of my clients cancelled their meeting as they did not want to go out of their home and explicitly mentioned that they were staying home due to the Covid-19 virus. This got me thinking how many people are not going to either come to my office to get their tax returns prepared. This was my only incident this year, but it has been slow, so I question who else has concerns and fears. Also imagine if I was to develop symptoms and had to self-isolated. As a self employed individual it would be devasting to my accounting and tax practice if I was unable to see client or if clients are hesitant to come see me. This hopefully is only speculation, but could easily be reality. This possibility is now heightened with the recent announcement here in New Brunswick that there is a presumptive case of Covid-19, and 8 people being isolated in Newfoundland.
Seamus, I would like to make the suggestion that the deadline for individuals to file their tax returns for 2019 be extended by at least 30 days or maybe even to the same date as the self employed taxes are due which is June 15th. I also think this should be extend to all CRA deadlines, i.e. Information and tax returns such as HST, Payroll remittance and Corporate tax normally due on March 31st,. April 30th or May 31st, be extended. Or even extend until this virus is under control, or at least late filing penalty’s and interest be waived until this Covid-19 is under control.
Look forward to your response and follow up.