VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — COVID-19 has prompted a change for Canadians who want to file their taxes the old-fashioned way.
Drop boxes across the country have been shuttered, and pen-and-paper returns will have to be filed by mail.
“In deciding to close the drop boxes, the [Canada Revenue Agency] considered the safety of employees responsible for collecting the mail. The main safety consideration is that many drop boxes are located outside CRA buildings that have been vacated or have very minimal capacity,” a spokesperson for the Canada Revenue Agency writes in an email.
“From a health and safety perspective, as well as a capacity perspective, it was decided that the best approach was to seal drop boxes in these locations.”
The deadline to file has been extended to June 1 amid the pandemic.
Anyone who tries to force their return into one of the drop boxes risks not having it processed, the agency says.