CRA’s Rate On Overdue Taxes Will Rise To 10 Per Cent, Causing Tax Advisers To Shift Strategy

Courtesy of The Globe And Mail, published November 7th, Updated November 9th

The Canada Revenue Agency’s interest rate on overdue taxes will soon rise to 10 per cent, tax experts say, making paying back the agency more expensive and a greater priority for many individuals and already-stretched small business owners.

Until last year, the interest rate on unpaid taxes was low enough that it was not always a top financial priority, several accountants told The Globe and Mail. Since 2007, the rate has remained stable at five per cent or six per cent, a manageable level for most people.

But that has changed in recent months. In the second quarter of 2022, the interest rate on unpaid taxes started a steep incline, since then rising to nine per cent.

In the first quarter of 2024, barring any special CRA measures, the rate will climb from nine per cent to 10 per cent, double what it has been for most of the past decade. The CRA lists quarterly rates from 2006 onward on its current website, and this will be the first time since then the rate has reached double digits…… Note you may have to subscribe to Globe And Mail to see this article


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