Heartbleed bug FIXED - Taxes extended to May 5!!!
May 5 it is this year and not May 1!
Did you delay taxes till now!! Don't, break time is over for anyone delaying income tax filing. The Heartbleed bug that infected Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) computers last week has been fixed!!
The taxman says all systems are "go" now. CRA has extended the deadline to file taxes (E File and Net File) by May 5.
“We apologize for the delay and the inconvenience it has caused to Canadians,” CRA Commissioner Andrew Treusch said in a statement Sunday. “We could not allow these systems back online until we were fully confident they were safe and secure for Canadian taxpayers.”
“I am hoping (the CRA website) is up and running tomorrow,” he said. “ I am paying from my pocket to my staff.” A shoppfinance client says!
CRA disabled EFILE and NETFILE functions on Monday last week after the discovery of Heartbleed, which can exploit a weakness in encryption software meant to protect transmitted information from being intercepted and read.
Usually individual tax returns are due April 30, but because of the service interruption, CRA will not charge interest or penalties on 2013 filings submitted by May 5.
The feds shut down several other unspecified websites last week, but the Treasury Board announced that all were brought back online on Sunday.
Author - Atul Prakash
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