Tax Measures Under Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan

  • Taxpayers may submit tax returns, applications and payments online, by email ([email protected][128] for returns and [email protected][129] for all other transactions), by post or by using the drop-off box.
  • Telephone lines are open to set up electronic funds transfer, wire payment, or e-file payment options (709-729-6297 or toll free 1-877-729-6376).

Northwest Territories Tax Measures

On March 20, 2020, the Government of the Northwest Territories (“GNWT”) announced the following tax measures[130]:

Measures for businesses

  • The GNWT has extended the suspension of all collection activities, including outside collection agency activity, GNWT set-offs on GNWT payments, GNWT set-offs on Canada Revenue Agency tax refunds, until September 30, 2020.

Measures for individuals

  • The GNWT announced an extension until the end of September 2020, for Income Assistance (“IA”) COVID-19 relief measures. The relief measures include:
    • exempting CERB and CESB in the calculation of IA benefits;
    • “payrolling” all clients so they do not have to report each month;
    • directing that all clients will engage in only one Productive Choice and they are not required to report on this productive choice; and
    • exempting monetary donations from being counted as income in their IA benefits.

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  • The GNWT has extended the suspension of all collection activities, including outside collection agency activity, GNWT set-offs on GNWT payments, GNWT set-offs on Canada Revenue Agency tax refunds, until September 30, 2020.
  • Funding for the normal-course Income Assistance Program has been increased. This measure expired on June 30, 2020.

Nova Scotia Tax Measures

Between March 20 and 27, 2020, Premier Stephen McNeil announced the following tax measures:

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