Important dates in 2020 for Canadian freelancers

This page will continue to be updated as new information is released by the CRA. It was last updated on Thursday, March 16, 2020 at 10:58pm EST.

Being a freelancer is a lot of work and it can be easy to forget a few key dates. To help you keep on top of your CRA commitments this year, we've put together a list of dates that we believe are important for Canadian freelancers like you.

January 31

GST/HST payment due

Payment for GST/HST collected between October–December 2019 is due if you file your sales taxes on a quarterly basis.

March 2

RRSP contribution deadline

The final date for your RRSP contributions to be eligible for the 2019 tax year.

March 16

Income tax due

Quarterly instalment payment for your income tax is due if you anticipate owing more than $3,000 at tax time in 2021.

June 15

Tax filing deadline

Due date for self-employed individuals—this means you, freelancers—to file their 2019 income tax.

September 1

2019 taxes due

This is the ✨new✨ deadline to pay your personal income taxes if you owe the government any money for the 2019 tax year.

Income tax due

Your deferred quarterly instalment payment for your income tax is also due if you anticipate owing more than $3,000 at tax time in 2021. This payment would previously have been due on June 15th.

GST/HST payment due

Your deferred sales tax payment is due as well. This payment would previously have been due on April 30th if you file your GST/HST payments annually. If you file your sales tax quarterly, your deferred payments from April 30th and July 31st are also due.

September 15

Income tax due

Quarterly instalment payment for your income tax is due if you anticipate owing more than $3,000 at tax time in 2021.

November 2

GST/HST payment due

Payment for GST/HST collected between July–September 2020 is due if you file your sales taxes on a quarterly basis.

DECEMBER 15

Income tax due

Quarterly instalment payment for your income tax is due if you anticipate owing more than $3,000 at tax time in 2021.

Psst... Think you'll forget these dates?

Don't worry! We already did the hard work of adding them to a calendar.

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Also, if you need help importing these dates into your calendar, here's a quick guide for Google calendar.

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