We have all been impacted in some way by Covid19 and must work together to get through this. This includes social distancing and other measures and many of you will know that this has caused our staff to have to work from home. We are currently working well in this environment, although it did take us a few days to set this up to work effectively and efficiently, days that are not easily gained back during tax season. We are working to recover some of this lost time in order to offer you the same level of service we always have.
If you have already been working with us to complete your personal or corporate tax returns you will also understand the administrative difficulties in gathering your signatures. For this reason, CRA is now accepting electronic signatures as per the following:
Effective immediately, the CRA will recognize electronic signatures as having met the signature requirements of the Income Tax Act. This temporary measure will reduce the necessity for taxpayers and tax preparers to meet in person and will reduce administrative burden during this difficult time.
We have had a Client Portal system for many years to allow us to gather information electronically in a secure manner from our clients and to provide final financial statements and tax returns to our clients in the same secure manner. If you have not established your account and wish to you can contact one of our staff and they will send you a registration email. If you do not have the contact information for the staff member you generally contact you can email email@example.com and your email will be redirected.
Please, stay safe and take care of your family and friends during this extraordinary time. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out and we will work with you to help manage and mitigate the impacts Covid19 is having on you and your businesses or entities.