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New CRA mobile app eases tax pain for SMEs

Application allows business owners to create reminders and alerts for payments, returns and remittances.


VANCOUVER — Taxes may no longer be a pain in the app for Canada’s small and medium-sized businesses.

A new mobile application released by the Canada Revenue Agency for Apple iOS, Google Android and BlackBerry allows business owners to create reminders and alerts for payments, returns and remittances.

Minister of National Revenue Kerry-Lynne Findlay introduced the app in Vancouver, saying tax reminders sent by mail can put people in a panic, and the new app means business owners won’t have to stress as much about deadlines.

Laura Jones of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business says the app is a less formal and more modern way to remind people about their obligations.

The CRA says the Business Tax Reminders mobile app is recommended for small and medium-sized businesses with annual revenue of $20 million or less and fewer than 500 employees.

The app was created based on consultations with small and medium-sized businesses. It allows users to:

  • create custom reminders for key CRA due dates related to instalment payments;
  • returns, and remittances; and
  • customize and tailor the reminder system for their personal business deadlines with either calendar or pop-up messages

The app is available as a free download through the CRA website and at app stores for Apple, Android and Blackberry. An online tutorial is also available.

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