Canada Revenue Agency

All This CRA Bickering Is Distracting Charities From Their Real Work

Blake Bromley | Posted 08.22.2014 | Canada Politics
Blake Bromley

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Revenue says that it is "absolutely shameful" to suggest that Canada Revenue Agency officials auditing charities could "somehow fall under political influence." This is a sideshow which is distracting the charitable sector from the real issues.

Tories Block 'Offensive' Bid To Review Charity Audits

CP | Jennifer Ditchburn, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.19.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Conservative MPs have blocked an opposition bid to study allegations the government has been targeting certain charities, saying it's "shamef...

Ottawa Violated Canadians' Charter Rights With U.S. Tax Deal: Lawsuit

CP | Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.13.2014 | Canada Business

TORONTO - Canada has violated the charter rights of nearly a million Canadians by agreeing to share their financial details with authorities in the Un...

54,000 Canadians Snared By TFSA Rule

CP | Dean Beeby, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.11.2014 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - A tricky rule keeps tripping up thousands of Canadians who make withdrawals from their tax-free savings accounts, and replace the money too e...

Foreign Aid Charities Have Had It With The Tories

CP | Dean Beeby, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.11.2014 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - Some international-aid charities are joining forces to challenge the Canada Revenue Agency's increased scrutiny of the sector, saying onerous...

The CRA Should Learn That Charities Can Have Controversial Views

Blake Bromley | Posted 08.07.2014 | Canada Politics
Blake Bromley

CRA is cherry-picking its jurisprudence to justify its program of political activities audits. It is ignoring these recent decisions from Australia, England, New Zealand and even Canada's Federal Court of Appeal. Disagreeing with the government on environmental issues is not necessarily a partisan activity.

NDP Wants Air Cleared On CRA Audits Of Charities

CP | Dean Beeby, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.05.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The New Democrats are pressing for an unusual summer meeting of a parliamentary committee to clear the air over the auditing of charities for...

Why The CRA Seems To Pick Government Opponents For Its Charity Audits

CP | Dean Beeby, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.03.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Canada Revenue Agency says it pays no attention to pro-government or anti-government political leanings when it chooses which charities t...

Don't Select Charities To Audit Based On Their Political Leanings

Blake Bromley | Posted 08.01.2014 | Canada Politics
Blake Bromley

How can Canada claim to have a truly independent regulator when the Director General has admitted to the national press that the Directorate is concerned with the particular political leaning of charities, rather than with whether their activities are political at all?

The CRA Should Not Define Poverty's Threshold

Murtaza Haider | Posted 07.25.2014 | Canada Business
Murtaza Haider

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has recently forced Oxfam Canada to exclude "preventing poverty" from their mission statement in order to keep their charity status. Now a fundamental question needs to be answered. Why does the CRA think that charities have to wait for individuals to fall into poverty's trap before the charities can help the disadvantaged? Isn't prevention better than a cure? The bigger concern, however, is with a black-and-white definition of poverty. The assumption that one is not poor one day, but wakes up to be poor the next day is completely flawed.

Why The CRA Is No Longer An Effective Instrument of Public Policy

Edward Jackson | Posted 07.27.2014 | Canada Business
Edward Jackson

with the activities of its charities section having been so thoroughly politicized by the Harper government, we can no longer call the CRA an effective instrument of public policy. Its campaign of vexatious audits of the political activities of progressive charities represents has created a chill in political dissent, and is a new low even for the Conservative regime.

'Preventing Poverty' Not Allowed For Charities, Canada Revenue Says

CP | Dean Beeby, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.25.2014 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - The Canada Revenue Agency has told a well-known charity that it can no longer try to prevent poverty around the world, it can only alleviate ...

Mr. Harper, Call Off CRA's Attack Dogs and Start Treating Taxpayers With Care

Karen Selick | Posted 07.22.2014 | Canada Politics
Karen Selick

The CCF assisted a taxpayer named Irvin Leroux in getting a decision from the B.C. Supreme Court, holding that Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) owed him a duty of care and breached its duty towards him. This was a precedent-setting ruling: never before had the CRA been told by any court that it had a duty towards individual taxpayers to treat them with care, and not to be negligent towards them.

Should Charities Be Allowed to Participate in Politics?

Blake Bromley | Posted 07.18.2014 | Canada Politics
Blake Bromley

The "advocacy chill" in Canada is due to the politicization of the regulator rather than the law of charity. I am still only a reluctant supporter of increasing the rights of charities to engage in political activities, and my participation in this debate is firmly rooted in my belief in the rule of law and in opposition to the politicization of the current Charities Directorate.

Does the Government Have in Hand in Which Charities Get Audited?

Blake Bromley | Posted 07.14.2014 | Canada Politics
Blake Bromley

Canada's reputation with regard to the politicization of charity audits for "political activities" has been tarnished both domestically and internationally. One can only hope that CRA audits would be governed by the rule of law rather than a political agenda.

Tax Agency Fails To Create New Strategy For Cheats

CP | Dean Beeby, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.27.2014 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - After a three-year effort, the Canada Revenue Agency has failed to produce a new national strategy to combat the underground economy — desp...

Want a Good Relationship With the CRA? Learn to Communicate

Cleo Hamel | Posted 06.22.2014 | Canada Business
Cleo Hamel

Communication is the foundation of any relationship, whether in love, in life or at work. One relationship that's important to keep on an even keel is yours with the Canada Revenue Agency.

What's CRA Not Telling Us About Heartbleed SIN Breach?

CP | Steve Rennie | Posted 04.24.2014 | Canada Business

"In order to reassure Canadians that your government is able to fully protect the vital private financial information of Canadian taxpayers, we are ho...

Mounties Wanted Canada Revenue Data Breach Kept Quiet

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.15.2014 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - Police say they asked the Canada Revenue Agency to hold off on telling Canadians that 900 social insurance numbers had been compromised by th...

Do I Really, Really Have to File a Tax Return? (Yes)

Cleo Hamel | Posted 06.15.2014 | Canada Business
Cleo Hamel

There's denial: I don't really have to file a tax return on time, do I? The answer, for the vast majority of Canadians, is: Yes. And those who aren't required to file a return are missing out on cash and other benefits.

Social Insurance Numbers Stolen From In Heartbleed Breach

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.14.2014 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - The fallout from the Heartbleed bug could go far beyond just 900 social insurance numbers compromised at the Canada Revenue agency.Alberta co...

CRA: Website Back Up And Running

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.13.2014 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - The federal tax agency says its online services are up and running again after it blocked public access five days ago due to the so-called He...

CRA Locks Down Website Amid Global Security Threat

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 04.09.2014 | Canada Business

Canada Revenue Agency has shut down public access to its tax-filing data amid reports of a major security flaw in a commonly used code for login servi...

Sunny Freeman

These Mistakes Will Get You Audited

HuffingtonPost.com | Sunny Freeman | Posted 04.07.2014 | Canada Business

Don’t panic. The time to file 2013 income taxes is upon us, with less than a month to go until the April 30th deadline. Some Canadians are scramb...

Handy Tax Tips for First-Time Filers

Cleo Hamel | Posted 05.17.2014 | Canada Business
Cleo Hamel

Of all the milestones in your life, filing your first income tax return probably isn't the one you look forward to most. It's no wonder. But since it can't legally be avoided, being prepared for the experience and understanding what you're getting into can make your first time with the Canada Revenue Agency less intimidating.