COVID-19 Tax Update: CRA posts final update to National COVID-19 Business Continuity Plan

On June 16, 2020, the CRA posted its final update to its National COVID-19 Business Continuity Plan and, more importantly, announced its transition from a critical services mode to a business resumption mode on June 26, 2020. The CRA’s announcement emphasized that the transition to full business resumption will be gradual and stated, in particular, that “the vast majority of [CRA] employees will continue working from home until at least the fall.”

Furthermore, the CRA will continue to resume its programs and activities in stages under its National Business Resumption Plan, which is currently under development. More information about this new plan is expected to be posted soon.

The announcement indicates that the CRA’s transition from critical services to business resumption on June 26, 2020 will not result in an immediate return to normal operations. Rather, it will be important to continue to monitor the situation as the CRA’s agents gradually return to work and as the CRA opens up its programs.

The full update from the CRA can be found here.

Prepared by: Chris Canning

Chris is an associate at the firm’s Vancouver office. He’s working to expand his knowledge of tax planning and advocacy in a variety of contexts. Before completing law school and joining Thorsteinssons, Chris worked at the Law Society of BC,… more »