If you are a year or two behind, you can get caught up pretty easily. An accountant can help you with this as long as you have, or have access to, your T4s and other required receipts. It's actually a pretty good time of year now because the crunch is over. No accountant wants to be confronted with a tax mess in March or April.
If you are further behind than that and owe significant taxes you can avail yourself of CRA's voluntary disclosures program. Basically it allows that, if you approach them before they discover you, you'll likely incur fewer penalties. However you should get professional advice on how best to use this program.
In case you think you're far behind, I did get a call this year from an individual who was really late. He seemed like a nice guy, but he'd started working for himself way back when and didn't do a good job keeping track of his income and expenses (see my previous blog post) and so after his first year he didn't have the information ready to file his taxes. Another year went by - same story. Then another. By the time he called me, he was fifteen years behind. Sadly, I told him he didn't need an accountant - he needed a tax lawyer.
So better late than never. If you have a mess (or shoebox as we like to call it), don't feel that you have to wait till it's organized, that day will not come. Your accountant has the resources to sort it out and is better at it than you are, so pass it over and get started.
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