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Post or no post, there’s no excuse for late payments


 Canada Post of yesteryear.

Members of the Canadian Union Postal Workers (CUPW) have been working without a contract for months, and 90% now say they’re in favor of a strike.

Nonetheless, a union spokesperson has assured that a strike will not happen this Saturday (there is no mail service on July 1 due to the Canada Day holiday). CUPW says it’s prepared to continue with negotiations in spite of the vote. But that doesn’t mean mail service won’t be interrupted; the union predicts its members will be locked out of their workplaces on Saturday by Canada Post — something which last happened in 2011 (CBC).

There’s no excuse for late payments

Strike, or lock-out, payments must be made on time. Utility companies are urging account holders to use online payment systems and e-billing to avoid late charges and fees. Bank customers are being reminded of online banking options. Even the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is enthusiastically informing taxpayers, “In the event of a Canada Post postal disruption, you can use online payments to pay your business taxes!” The notice continues, “Even if a postal disruption occurs, you are still required to make every effort to submit your payment on time to the CRA” (see the notice for details and helpful hints). Provincial government offices are spreading a similar message.

Only pension and social assistance checks will be delivered In the event of interrupted service (guaranteed by agreements between CUPW and Canada Post). In addition, live animals caught in transit will be cared for.

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Gail Cole
Avalara Author
Gail Cole
Gail Cole
Avalara Author Gail Cole
Gail began researching and writing about sales tax in 2012 and has been fascinated with it ever since. She has a penchant for uncovering unusual tax facts, and endeavors to make complex sales tax laws more digestible for both experts and laypeople.