Survey shows 44 per cent of Canadians have yet to file their taxes

The deadline for Canadians to file their personal income tax return is just around the corner but this year may be more of a time-crunch for most Canadians as recent survey results revealed that 44 per cent of Canadians have yet to file their taxes.*

The survey, conducted on April 2, 2018, found that Quebec is in the lead when it comes to filing (66 per cent have filed) while British Columbia had the largest number of people left to file (51 per cent).

 Additional survey results obtained by H&R Block prior to the CRA opening this year revealed almost half of Canadians indicate they file their taxes more than a month in advance of the deadline.** So, clearly Canadians’ beliefs and reality don’t quite add up.

The majority of respondents considered themselves to fall under the Eager Beaver category (45 per cent), who file more than a month in advance of the deadline. They are followed by the Just-in-Timers (38 per cent), who claim to file within the month. Procrastinators, those who claim to file a week before the deadline accounted for just 11 per cent of respondents.

“You don’t get bonus points for filing well in advance of the deadline but you can get your refund earlier,” says Lisa Gittens, H&R Block Senior Tax Professional. “If you delay filing until the last minute, you are more likely to make mistakes. Filing early means you’ll have more time to track down documents and ensure you don’t miss any credits and deductions you’re eligible for.”

Whether you’re an Eager Beaver, Just-in-Timer, or Procrastinator, ensure you file in advance of the April 30th deadline to avoid late fees and penalties.

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