COVID-19: Economic Relief Measures Announced to Date

  • Quarterly filers may defer payment of amounts due for the January 1, 2020 to March 31, 2020 reporting period to July 31, 2020.

  • Despite this relief, the Government of Saskatchewan encourages taxpayers to file their tax returns each month/quarter (with or without payment) if they are able to do so.

  • Businesses will not be required to submit a request for relief from penalty and interest charges for these returns. However, full payment or a payment arrangement must be in place by July 31, 2020 in order to qualify for the automatic deferral and waiver of penalty and interest. Such payment arrangements may be made by submitting a request electronically through the Saskatchewan eTax Service (SETS) located at saskatchewan.ca[392], or by email (sasktaxinfo@gov.sk.ca) or at the following address: Ministry of Finance (Revenue Division), PO Box 200, Regina, SK, S4P 2Z6.

  • In addition, at time of publication, relief is not provided in relation to other types of taxes.

  • Audit programs and compliance activities have been suspended.

  • The Saskatchewan Worker’s Compensation Board is waiving penalties for late payment of premiums from April 1, 2020, to June 30, 2020, and is forgiving interest and penalties for late payments applied in the month of March 2020.

  • For more information, see the Government of Saskatchewan’s information notice and press release of March 20, 2020.[393][394]

  • Support for the tourism sector

    • The Government of Saskatchewan announced $35 million in support for Saskatchewan’s hard-hit tourism sector. Under the Saskatchewan Tourism Sector Support Program, eligible hospitality and event/attraction operators will be able to apply for a one-time, non-repayable emergency payment.

    • For the accommodation sector and large event facilities, payments will range from $10,000 to $50,000, depending on sales revenue.

    • For attraction, tour or event operators with ongoing fixed costs, payments will range from $7,500 to $15,000.

    • For more information, see the Government of Saskatchewan’s information notice[395] and press release[396] of August 10, 2020.
       

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