Update Message for Arbutus Tax Clients

Hi folks. I hope this email finds you well and in good spirits in these challenging times. 

I was not intending to send out another update but things have changed considerably since the tax season started.The following quote is from the CRA website. 

“New tax filing and payment due dates

The due date for filing individual tax returns has been extended to June 1, 2020. Taxpayers will have until September 1, 2020 to pay any 2019 income tax amounts owed.

You will be able to apply for the new Emergency Support and Emergency Care benefits in My Account or using the dedicated phone line starting April 2020.”

More on doing taxes further down this email.

You may or may not have noticed that the office has been closed down temporarily.  How long I do not know weeks and perhaps months as long as this virus situation remains.  No doubt it is a serious health threat and for some it is deadly.   Especially for those of us with compromised immune systems as well as the age factor. 

It does appear anyone can get it and some even do not know as they have mild symptoms.  So I do not want to risk your life or mine. Everyone’s life is affected by it.

You can follow this on the CBC website as well as others:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/coronavirus-guide-explainer-1.5497009

If you do not want to click on that you can google cbc guide to covid-19 There is some relief coming to certain individuals and industries etc.

Back to the tax situation which is not the essential service like grocers, health care workers and others on the front line.  I am working with a number of clients by email to do what I can to file their taxes.  If you have a printer and scanner that will help. A clear photo also perhaps.

I would like to deal with as little paper as possible and back and forth emails I want to avoid also.  Some things can easily be missed in that situation.

I can access most slips such as T4s,T3s,T5s if they have been posted.  I do not have access to some RRSP contributions, some late filings for T3s and security transactions.   Medical receipts and donations, you would need to total them and only give an amount that you are out of pocket. For rentals and business, I would need you to email me the total income and expenses into categories as shown on the arbutustax.com website under small business or rentals.

If need be, but first contact me, to drop off the limited amount of paperwork to mailbox 2A to the right hand side of the front door to the building. I would need to allow 3 to 7 days before opening them.   

There can be many forms to sign so all of this is time consuming and you should have at least a printer to print what is needed.

Be safe and well!

Cheers

Eugene

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