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Picture this, you’re in a rush so you check your driving app to find the quickest route to your destination. You’ve got the car packed and you are on your way. The drive is going well, and you are on track to make it to your destination just in time; that is, until you hit a couple of construction detours.As you sit in traffic, you wonder why the app sent you down a road that wasn’t ready for traffic? This is the feeling many taxpayers and their advisors are having as they try to comply to file form UHT-2900 by the October 31 deadline this month.
The Millennials, children of Boomers and GenX, parents of the Alpha Gen, are the fastest growing population in Canada, at 33.2%, and are part of the cohort that is the median age in Canada in 2023: 41 years. A recent study found millennials were 1.4 times more likely to file for insolvency than Gen X aged 42 to 56, and 1.7 times more likely than baby boomers aged 57 to 76. Insolvent millennials were on average 33 years old and owed an average of $47,283 in unsecured debt. They need financial planning help, especially to understand their continued access to refundable benefits.
It goes without saying the filing tax returns and elections on time will help taxpayers prevent the punitive late filing penalties. But, if the filing deadline has passed, look to the Voluntary Disclosure Program to see if you qualify to reduce penalties when late filing. And then, if a return has been filed late, look to the Taxpayer Relief program to see if you qualify for tax forgiveness. The following are a summary of the programs.