Feds promise free, automatic tax returns — a change that could send benefits to thousands

The federal government says it will soon introduce a free, automatic tax filing system for simple returns — a policy change meant to provide government benefits to qualified people who don’t collect them now because they skip filing their taxes. The promise — a one-line commitment buried in the 6,783-word speech from the throne — could help hundreds of thousands of low- and fixed-income Canadians access benefits that are only paid to people who file tax returns. ….[READ]