Canadian Tax Deadlines

Updated for 2024. Click the relevant category below to see your tax and payment deadlines. We’ve also included some guidance and examples where explanation is helpful.

Filing your taxes late? You’ll incur hefty CRA penalties!

The deadlines on this page are enforced by the Canada Revenue Agency with significant penalties. If you feel like procrastinating, you’ll pay for it! We outline the CRA’s fines and interest charges on the last drop down below.

Individuals

April 30, 2024*: Personal income tax return filing deadline (without self-employment income)

 

Last day to file Canadian personal income tax returns for individuals without self-employment income.

 

Exception re preparing returns for deceased persons:

 

  • The filing deadline for personal returns may be later if an individual or spouse died during the year. For more information on the final return due date, please view the Canada Revenue Agency guidance on this link.

Individuals with self-employment income (and their spouses)

April 30, 2024: Payment of Tax – Any tax owing must be paid no later than this date; however, your return is due on June 17, 2024. The deadline is extended to the next business day if the normal filing deadline (June 15 in this case) falls on a weekend.

 

June 17, 2024*: Deadline to file your personal income tax return with self-employment income. See date above for income tax owing due date.

 

Exception re preparing returns for deceased persons:

 

  • The filing deadline for personal returns may be later if an individual or spouse died during the year. For more information on the final return due date, please view the Canada Revenue Agency guidance on this link.

 

*Since June 15, 2024 falls on a Saturday.

 

Charities

A registered charity must complete Form T3010, Registered Charity Information Return, annually and submit it within six months of the end of its fiscal period.

 

For example: If a charity has a December 31 year end for its 2023 fiscal year, its filing deadline is June 30, 2024. The deadline is generally extended to the next business day if the filing deadline falls on a weekend.

 

Note: In January 2024, the CRA released a new version of Form T3010. Learn more about which version of the form to complete on this page.

 

February 29, 2024: Deadline to file T4’s (wages).

Corporations

General Guidance: Corporation income tax returns (T2’s) are due no later than six months after the business’ year-end.  A corporation’s year-end varies, but the most common year-end is December 31. For example: If a business has a December 31 year end for its 2023 fiscal year, its filing deadline is June 30, 2024. The deadline is generally extended to the next business day if the filing deadline falls on a weekend.

 

February 29, 2024: Deadline for businesses to file T4’s (wages) and T5’s (dividends).

Non-Profit Organizations (NPO’s)

General guidance:

 

  • Not-for-profit organizations are required to file a T2 Corporate Income Tax Return annually.
  • Not-for-profit organizations may also be required to file the T1044 Non-Profit Organization Information Return annually.
  • If your not-for-profit corporation is federally incorporated and has annual revenues over $250K you are required by law to have an audit.

 

For more information, please see this page on the CRA website.

 

February 29, 2024: Deadline to file T4’s (wages).

Partnerships

The partnership information return is due April 1, 2024* if throughout the fiscal period, all partners are individuals.

 

If, throughout the fiscal period, all partners are corporations, including end members of tiered partnership, the partnership information return is due 5 months after the end of the partnership’s fiscal period.

 

In all other cases, the partnership return is due the earlier of:

 

  • March 31, 2024 (April 1 since March 31 falls on a Sunday in 2024) and
  • the day that is five months after the fiscal period the partnership ended.

*Since March 31, 2024 falls on a Sunday.

RRSP (Registered Retirement Savings Plan)

  • Deadline for contributing to an RRSP for the 2023 tax year is February 29, 2024.
  • December 31 of the year you turn 71 years of age is the last day you can contribute to your own RRSP.

Your annual RRSP contribution limit is the amount you are able to contribute to your RRSP each year. Contribution room is the lesser of:

 

  • 18% of your previous year’s pre-tax earnings, OR
  • the yearly maximum set by the CRA.
  • PLUS any unused RRSP deduction room from previous years (which carries forward indefinitely).

You can find your RRSP deduction limit on your latest notice of assessment or notice of reassessment from the CRA.

TFSA (Tax-Free Savings Account)

  • The contribution limit for 2023 is $6,500 (an increase of $500 from 2022)
  • The contribution limit for 2024 has increased to $7,000.
  • If you have never contributed to a TFSA and have been eligible since its introduction in 2009, your cumulative contribution room will be
    • $88,000 in 2023
    •  $95,000 in 2024

You can find more information about the TFSA on the CRA website on this link.

Trusts

Bill C-32 introduced enhanced reporting requirements for trusts. These rules apply to most trusts with a taxation year-ending on or after December 31, 2023, including trusts that have never filed a return previously.  For additional information, please view the Canada Revenue Agency guidance on this.

 

For a T3 return (Form T3 RET, T3 Trust Income Tax and Information Return) your filing due date depends on the trust’s tax year-end.

 

You have to file a T3 return, the related T3 slips, NR4 slips, and T3 and NR4 summaries no later than 90 days after the trust’s tax year-end. You should also pay any balance owing no later than 90 days after that year-end.

 

For example: For a Trust with a calendar year-end (December 31, 2023), the due date is March 30, 2024.

 

2023 Bare Trust Filing Exemption: On March 28, 2024, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) announced that Bare trusts are exempt from trust reporting requirements for 2023 as they recognize the challenge in identifying bare trusts that previously were never required to file a return. This relief only applies to the 2023 taxation year.

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Disclaimer: This article is intended to inform readers in general terms. It is not intended to provide any tax or business advice. Please consult your Stern Cohen advisor if you have any questions about your unique situation. While we have tried to ensure the accuracy of the information in this article, we accept no liability for errors or omissions.