What is the penalty for filing your personal income tax return late?

The late-filing penalty is 5% of the balance owing and an additional 1% of the balance owing for each full month that your return is late, to a maximum of 12 months.

NOTE: The penalty may be higher if you've already been charged the late-filing penalty in any of the three previous years. If you missed the tax-filing deadline because of circumstances beyond your control, Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) may waive the penalty and applicable interest.


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