Canada Revenue Agency has extended the deadline for filing 2007 tax returns electronically until May 6, without extending the requirement to pay taxes on time.

A crush of people trying to meet the usual April 30 tax filing deadline created a backlog at the CRA website yesterday, and many taxpayers experienced delays. Searching for information on CRA’s website was also slow.

So last-minute filers who had transmission difficulties and did not slip a cheque in the mail or rush to drop one off at a tax office will face penalty and interest charges.

CRA spokesperson Peter Delis said tax filers could keep trying over the next few days to file electronically, without having to worry that their return would arrive late.

“The Netfile service is working,” he said yesterday. “It is a little slower because of the heavy volumes coming through.”

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