Yesterday, as it was the last day of February, certain tax documents were due for filing. Namely, the T4 summary and slips, if you were an employer. Actually, I am not, just a volunteer treasurer at a charitable organization… and somebody figured out in the last minute that I should fill out those forms.
Finally, I’ve learnt what I had to do, filled out the forms, consulted by the phone the people who performed this task last year, and was ready to file. I know, there is a possibility to file it electronically via the internet but this being my first, I thought maybe handing it in personally would be a better option: eventually, somebody could tell me if it was right. Let’s go, I told myself and jumped in the car. I stopped to make copies of everything and headed toward Broadway where the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA, formerly known as Revenue Canada) has its building.
I never made it to the CRA. Just across the street from the CRA offices there is the WCB (Workers Compensation Board) building and this is what happened yesterday around noon: a disgruntled man drove his pick-up truck to the front doors of the WCB building. He was angry about a long-standing claim for his back injury… So, he drove up his truck to the door, then the police was called – and they “saw the man fumbling with something in his hands”. The something could have been even a bomb detonator, so several buildings were evacuated, traffic (both pedestrian and vehicles) was stopped in the area.
After I realized there is no way I could get into the CRA building, which has been evacuated anyway, rushed home to try the electronic way. It was around 2 pm – and the online thing works only till 2pm central time.
I am going now to try my luck again at the CRA desk. Hopefully, the heavy snowfall won’t be an obstacle…
UPDATE. Despite the snow storm I made it to the downtown, found a parking spot just across from the CRA building and succeeded to file my papers. The really good news: I asked the clerk to date stamp the photocopies I made, just to have some proof, and the date they put on was Febr. 28.