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Alberta Floods - CRA Confirms Disaster Assistance Payments Not Taxable 

Canadian Tax Adviser


July 23, 2013


Ruth Cummings
GTA, Enterprise Tax


In a recent technical interpretation, the CRA confirms that disaster assistance payments made by the Government of Alberta, a municipality, or a public authority, to individuals for personal losses or expenses (as opposed to business expenses) from the recent Alberta floods, will not be included in the recipient's income for income tax purposes. For example, payments to individuals from a government for temporary housing and meals during the disaster and compensation for the loss or damage of a personal residence do not have to be included in income.

Previously, the CRA announced that taxpayers affected by flooding in Alberta will have until August 2, 2013, to file their T2 returns. In addition, affected taxpayers could apply for relief under the Taxpayer Relief provisions to have interest and penalties waived or cancelled where they were unable to meet their filing obligation.


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