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Harper: Tax deadline won't be extended
SASKTOON (CP) - While a computer glitch that is preventing people from filing their taxes online is "a very serious problem," it doesn't mean the deadline for filing a return will be extended, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Friday.

"All I can say is, we're obviously . . . on the backs of the department to get on with fixing this problem as soon as possible," Harper said.

"But we're confident at this point that it can be fixed in a way that will not disrupt the deadlines for tax filing."

The glitch at the Canada Revenue Agency shut down the system that accepts online tax returns sometime Sunday night or Monday morning and Harper said it will still be a "few days" before it is fixed.

The agency has said that there is no indication the glitch was caused by a virus or hackers.

The federal Liberals called on Revenue Minister Carol Skelton to return to Ottawa to attend to needs in her department.

Skelton, who was with Harper in Saskatoon, assured reporters that everything is being done to fix the problem.

She said the computers are being slowly brought back online and tested.

"We've been monitoring day by day and hour by hour," she said.

"Some of our people, I'm getting worried about them, because . . . some people have been working around the clock."

The deadline for filing taxes is April 30.

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Posted on 12 Mar 2007 by Celeron
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