Tax Tip – File your family trust tax return on time

February 26, 2018


To avoid paying penalties, trustees must ensure that they file a trust's tax return by the filing deadline. If you fail to file on time, a penalty of 5% of the unpaid tax is due. A further penalty of 1% of the unpaid tax times the number of months the return is not filed (to a maximum of 12 months) will also be due if the return remains unfiled. Even if the trust does not have a balance owing, the trust return is also an information return. That means that if the trust return is not filed on time or any of the information slips are not distributed on time, a penalty for each failure to comply with this requirement can be charged. For more information on penalties and interest, visit the CRA website.

The filing deadline for trusts with a December 31, 2017 year-end (which includes all inter-vivos trusts) will be April 2, 2018. Your BDO tax advisor is ready to help.

This tax tip is a publication of BDO Canada LLP on developments in the area of taxation. This material is general in nature and should not be relied upon to replace the requirement for specific professional advice. The information in this tax tip is current as of February 26, 2018.