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CRA Prescribed Rate Stays at 1% for Q1 of 2013 - by Julia Clarkson 

Canadian Tax Adviser


November 06, 2012


Julia Clarkson
Toronto, National Tax Centre


The CRA prescribed income tax interest rates for taxable benefits, overpaid taxes and underpaid taxes for the first quarter of 2013 (January 1- March 31, 2013) will remain unchanged.

Currently, the rate for penalties and interest on overdue income taxes is 5%. The prescribed rate for refunds of overpaid tax is 3% for non-corporate taxpayers (1% for corporate taxpayers), and the prescribed rate that applies to taxable benefits for employees and shareholders from interest-free and low-interest loans is 1%.


Prescribed rates for 2012 and 2013 are as follows:



The CRA prescribed interest rate will not rise until Q2 of 2013, at the earliest.


For more information, contact your KPMG adviser.






Information is current to November 6, 2012. The information contained in this publication is of a general nature and is not intended to address the circumstances of any particular individual or entity. Although we endeavour to provide accurate and timely information, there can be no guarantee that such information is accurate as of the date it is received or that it will continue to be accurate in the future. No one should act upon such information without appropriate professional advice after a thorough examination of the particular situation. For more information, contact KPMG’s National Tax Centre at 416.777.8500.


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