The passing of the CEWS legislation and recent announcements and clarifications as well as some tips to keep in mind of note are:
For more information on the CEWS please use click this link.
Eligibility criteria changes now provide that employers will qualify for the $40,000 CEBA loan program where they reported from $20,000 to $1,500,000 in Box 14 of their 2019 annual T4 summary.
You can now apply for a CEBA loan through your primary banking institution.
For more information on the CEBA please click this link.
The CERB now permits employees to earn to a maximum of $1,000 of employment income in a qualifying period and remain eligible to receive the $2,000 CERB. For more information on the CERB please click this link.
While there are very limited details available at this time, the Federal Government has announced a new rent assistance program for businesses. The program will provide loans, including forgivable loans, to commercial property owners who provide small business tenants with reduced rent for the months of April, May and June 2020. We will provide details as soon as they are available.
The Provincial Government has announced that it is extending filing deadlines for various provincial tax returns to June 23, 2020 for returns originally due on or between March 20, 2020 and May 31, 2020. Health and Post-Secondary Education Tax is included in this extension. Therefore, filing and remittance of such taxes for monthly filers for February, March and April 2020 reporting periods is extended to June 23, 2020. Provisions are also included in the release to address requests for relief from interest and penalties in the event taxes owing cannot be paid.
For more information see the provincial news release by clicking this link.
Clients can monitor up-to-date tax filing and payment extensions by clicking this link.
Note there are no extensions to GST/HST return filing deadlines or payroll deduction remittance due dates.
There is no extension to the June 15 personal income tax filing deadline for self-employed individuals.
We continue to provide services to our clients utilizing our secure remote access and encourage all clients to deliver their accounting records and personal income tax information as soon as it is ready. Our offices are currently closed to public access, however, we have established a drop-off and receiving area on the main floor of our building for those clients unable to provide documents to us in electronic format via our secure portal or via email.
Please note that due to the rate at which the various government programs are changing and being clarified, the information contained in this update reflects only the program information available as of the release date indicated above.
Noseworthy Chapman is committed to continue to service our clients to the best of our ability with minimal disruption as we know having guidance on tax and financial matters is very important to our clients at this time of crisis. Reach out to a member of our service team for assistance, we are here to help.