CRA extends look back period for receipt-free meals

OTTAWA, Ont. — Revenue Canada has extended the look back period to 2002 for the receipt-free meal allowance, reports the CTA.

Typically, each taxpayer has one year from the filing deadline to file an objection with the Canada Revenue Agency. The deadline for filing 2002 taxes was April 30, 2003, so taxpayers have “objection rights” until April 30, 2004.

However, in this case, CRA advised that it is not necessary to file a formal objection. Instead, taxpayers who made a receipt-free claim in 2002 can simply write their district tax centre and request a T1 adjustment. They should indicate that they maintain objection rights for 2002, and request a re-assessment based on the new rates which appear in circular 73-21R8, dated Oct. 23, 2003.

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