A handy to-do list for taxpayers

Where to look for relief, and how to stay on CRA's good side.

Matthew Elder 21 April, 2017 | 5:00PM

Less than two weeks remain until the deadline for filing a 2016 personal income-tax return. If you are rushing to get this done, it's easy to overlook something or make a mistake. Note that since April 30, the normal deadline, falls on a Sunday this year, you have until midnight on Monday, May 1, to file your return, online or by mail with a May 1 postmark.

Here are some situations and opportunities to be aware of before filing your tax return, and afterward:

Ensure the CRA has your current address. If you have failed to receive a notice of assessment or reassessment, or other correspondence from the Canada Revenue Agency -- such as a request for more information to substantiate a claim on a past tax return -- you should confirm that the tax department has your correct address. If this is not the case, any adjustment for which your reply is required may be disallowed due to lack of response, and could result in an additional tax bill and possible penalties and interest for unpaid tax. The easiest way to ensure your contact information is up to date -- and to make any changes to this or other personal information -- is to be registered for the CRA's online My Account.

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