Posts tagged income taxes
Income Tax Deadlines

For Canadians, April 30 is the official deadline to file your personal income tax return with the Canada Revenue Agency.   If you file your return past the deadline you will be assessed a late filing penalty. The deadline, if you or your spouse or common-law partner carried on a business in 2016, is June 15.

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Debts Owing to the Canada Revenue Agency

Many people believe that debts owing to CRA will never go away. That is not necessarily the case, particularly when an individual goes bankrupt or files a proposal under the provisions of the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act (“BIA”). However, prior to file personal bankruptcy or a consumer proposal, CRA has some significant legislated powers to collect debts.; including garnishing paycheques, seizing bank accounts.

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Filing Your Income Tax Return After Bankruptcy

As part of the bankruptcy process, your Licensed Insolvency Trustee is required to file your income tax return for the year of bankruptcy and any returns that came due during the calendar year prior to bankruptcy. Any tax refunds for either of these periods will come directly to your bankruptcy estate for the benefit of the unsecured creditors.

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Will Bankruptcy Take Care of Judgments?

Yes, judgments from creditors do get released when you file a personal bankruptcy or complete a consumer proposal. However, judgments registered against your assets by Canada Revenue Agency do not get released when you file a personal bankruptcy or complete a consumer proposal.

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Using RRSPs to Pay Down Debt

If you are unable to keep up with your debt payments you should consult a Licensed Insolvency Trustee to discuss your options before cashing-in any of your investments.   Your investment savings may be exempt from seizure so you may be able to keep them if you file for personal bankruptcy or settle your debts through a consumer proposal.

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Personal Bankruptcy and Income Taxes – What You Need to Know

When filing a personal bankruptcy income tax debts are discharged the same as any other unsecured debt, such as credit cards and personal loans. If you are struggling with income tax debt or have had your wages garnished then you should seek the assistance of a professional.

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