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Reminder - Taxpayer 2003 Fairness Deadline is December 31, 2013 

Canadian Tax Adviser


December 10, 2013


Tonia Jones
Kingston, Canadian Corporate Tax


Taxpayers have until December 31, 2013 to file taxpayer relief provision (old fairness provision) requests for the 2003 tax year and any reporting period that ended during the 2003 calendar year and any interest and certain penalties that accrued during the 2003 calendar year, for any tax year or reporting period. Taxpayers and GST/HST registrants or their authorized representatives can make a taxpayer relief request by completing Form RC4288, "Request for Taxpayer Relief".

The taxpayer relief provisions in the Income Tax Act limit the discretion of the Minister of National Revenue to:


  • Cancel or waive penalties and interest when taxpayers are unable to meet their tax obligations due to circumstances beyond their control
  • Accept certain late-filed, amended, or revoked income tax elections
  • Issue income tax refunds beyond the normal three-year period (for individuals and testamentary trusts only).


These provisions only apply to tax years that ended within the 10 calendar years immediately preceding the calendar year in which a request is made.


The taxpayer relief provisions of the Excise Tax Act limit the Minister's discretion to cancel or waive interest and certain penalties. This limit applies to reporting periods that ended within the last 10 calendar years preceding the year in which a request is made.


Deadline looming
The CRA advises that taxpayers involved in a tax process with the CRA (e.g., an audit, objection or appeal) for the 2003 tax year or a reporting period that ended in 2003 and who are unsure whether they need relief should still make a request before the deadline.


For more information, contact your KPMG adviser.






Information is current to December 10, 2013. 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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