I’ve neglected to file my Canadian taxes for the last 5 years (please no lecture thanks….I know I’ve been bad)…
I’m self employed and I’m finally caught up with all my bookkeeping records. I’ll be taxable in 2007 to 2009 and not taxable in prior years. To top it off I’ve just incorporated my business (yoga instructor) and I need to file for 2010 corporate year end.
How should I handle the past due returns? A colleague of mine suggested that I file the returns with a voluntary disclosure to avoid possible penalties. I’m not quite sure how to proceed.
Any thought or advice?
If you don’t owe any taxes for any years prior to 2007 I suggest simply filing those delinquent tax returns as is. For 2007, 2008 and 2009 it’s a different story. These returns are taxable and as such you will be assessed a penalty if they are filed. You should file under CRA’s voluntary disclosure program for these years as long as CRA has yet to contact you with respect to the past due returns.
You can read more about CRA’s voluntary disclosure process here.
Give me a call and we can discuss your situation in more detail including filing your corporate tax return.
Phil Hogan, CA