Tax-filing tips for the tardy

What you may have overlooked as the filing deadline nears

Matthew Elder 15 April, 2016 | 5:00PM

There are only a couple of weeks to go until the deadline for filing a 2015 income-tax return. You aren't alone if you still are scrambling to dig out the various "T" income slips, receipts and other paperwork you'll need to give to your accountant or whoever prepares your tax return for you -- or to use yourself if you are knowledgeable, patient and brave enough to tackle the task yourself.

While employers deliver T4s and other employment-related income slips to employees by the end of February, if you are an investor it isn't unusual to still be waiting for T5s and T3s into April. Hence the traditional scramble as the April 30 deadline nears.

Actually, the last day for filing 2015 returns is Monday, May 2, since the 30th falls on a Saturday this year. Also, if you are self-employed, you don't have to file your personal tax return until June 15 -- although you will have to ensure your taxes are paid in full by April 30.

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