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Taxpayer Relief Available for Businesses Affected by Power Outages Due to Severe Weather Conditions in Ontario, Quebec, and Atlantic Canada

OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 01/09/14 -- Canada Revenue Agency

The Honourable Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay, P.C., Q.C., M.P., Minister of National Revenue, today reminded businesses that the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) taxpayer relief provisions are available to those that have been unable to meet their tax obligations because of the recent power outages in Quebec, Ontario, and Atlantic Canada.

Affected businesses can apply to have interest or penalties or both waived or cancelled using Form RC4288, Request for Taxpayer Relief.

Under the taxpayer relief provisions, taxpayers across Canada can apply to the CRA to have interest or penalties or both waived or cancelled when they are unable to file returns or make payments on time because of circumstances beyond their control, including a natural disaster. The CRA considers these requests on a case-by-case basis.

Quick Facts

--  All Canadians have access to the CRA's taxpayer relief measures when
    they are unable to meet their tax obligations because of circumstances
    beyond their control.

--  For more information, go to or call the CRA
    at 1-800-959-8281 for individual enquiries, or at 1-800-959-5525 for
    business enquiries.


"Power outages due to severe weather conditions have hit many parts of Canada, and the Canada Revenue Agency understands that taxpayers and businesses may be having a hard time meeting their tax deadlines. Those businesses that are struggling to file their tax returns or make payments on time because of the power outages can be assured that the CRA's taxpayer relief provisions are there to help them."

- The Honourable Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay, Minister of National Revenue

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Julie Carmichael
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of National Revenue

Noel Carisse
Media Relations
Canada Revenue Agency

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