Canada Revenue Agency

Ways to Be Smart With Your Tax Refund

Caroline Battista | Posted 04.14.2015 | Canada Business
Caroline Battista

The decision about what to do with your tax refund is particularly important to those young Canadians anticipating a refund. You want a vacation, and there's probably something you've wanted to buy and put off until you got your return. But consider this...

WATCH: It's Tax Season, What Are You Waiting For?

Posted 04.13.2015 | Canada Business

It's bearing down on you like a boulder rolling down a hill: Tax season. Ok, so maybe it isn't that bad, but really, what are you waiting for? The ...

CRA Charity Audit 'Targeted To Folks That Speak Up Against Government'

CBC | Posted 04.12.2015 | Canada Business

A union-backed charity that wants Canadian mining companies held accountable for overseas misdeeds is among the latest to be targeted by the Canada Re...

Should I File My Own Taxes, or Consult a Professional?

Caroline Battista | Posted 04.10.2015 | Canada Business
Caroline Battista

Everyone has their own style when it comes to filing their tax returns. You can file yourself, or use a tax pro, but make sure you file by the deadline. No matter how you choose to do your return, you want to make sure you are claiming all of the credits and deductions available so you don't pay any more tax than needed.

Canada's Charitable Law Urgently Needs Reforming

DeSmog Canada | Posted 03.25.2015 | Canada Politics
DeSmog Canada

A report released today by the University of Victoria's Environmental Law Centre calls for sweeping reform of Canadian charitable law in line with other jurisdictions such as the U.S., Australia, New Zealand and England. Current rules around "political activity" are confusing and create an "intolerable state of uncertainty," the report says.

Liberals: CRA Misleading Taxpayers

CBC | Posted 03.17.2015 | Canada Business

The federal Liberal party's national revenue critic says Conservative cuts to the Canada Revenue Agency are hurting service and confusing taxpaye...

CRA Nudges MPs To Promote Tory Tax Measures

CP | Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.10.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - An annual tax season information kit being sent to all members of Parliament is going further than just outlining the nuts and bolts of payin...

Canada Revenue Agency: Crime Fighter

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.10.2015 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - The federal revenue agency can now hand the police possible evidence of serious crime — including terrorist activity — that it happens to...

Revenue Canada's Call Centres Giving Bad Tax Advice: Report

CBC | Posted 04.10.2015 | Canada Business

One of every four business callers who ask for tax help from the Canada Revenue Agency’s call centres gets bad information, an internal survey sugge...

Looking For a Tax Break? Consider Borrowing a Child or Two

Caroline Battista | Posted 04.05.2015 | Canada Business
Caroline Battista

Children up to six years old will receive $160 per month or $1,920 for the year. Once they turn six, parents will receive $60 per month or $720 per year until the child turns 18. If you are a parent, it can make you excited about your taxes. However, it is not being paid out as part of your tax refund.

Dying With Dignity Group Stripped Of Charitable Tax Status

CP | Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.22.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Canada's registered charities are not permitted to exercise moral pressure or promote "an attitude of mind" that might influence legislation,...

CRA's Text Message Destruction Should Be Probed: NDP

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.21.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - A New Democrat MP is raising the spectre of a political coverup in asking the federal information watchdog to investigate the Canada Revenue ...

How To Avoid Getting Stung By Tax-Time Scams

Caroline Battista | Posted 03.07.2015 | Canada Business
Caroline Battista

The CRA will never ask for a credit card number, passport number, driver's license number or health card number. If it isn't information you normally provide with a tax return, the CRA won't ask you for it -- much less, as one scam goes, ask you to leave the information on an answering machine.

Why Is CRA Reinterpreting Rules to Shut Down Charities It Doesn't Agree With?

Gareth Kirkby | Posted 02.20.2015 | Canada Politics
Gareth Kirkby

Respected charities doing important work are being told they were never qualified to operate, that some bureaucrat made a historical mistake and now the organization must be shut down, their work discontinued, their assets scattered among those charities in their same sector that survive.

CRA Can Call a Mulligan in "Auditgate" Process

Blake Bromley | Posted 02.04.2015 | Canada Politics
Blake Bromley

The debate about how "tricky" it is for the Director-General of CRA's Charity Directorate to consider political leanings when selecting charities for audits continues to rage in Canada. The outrage has reached the dreaded "gate" stage with respected opinion leaders asking "Why is this not considered Canada's own Auditgate scandal?"

Althia Raj

What's Behind Spike In Complaints About Charities' Political Activities? | Althia Raj | Posted 12.05.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA — Very few Canadians had complained about the political activities of charities before the Conservative government announced plans to audit ...

Feds Hound Senior With Dementia, Parkinson's For $12K In Taxes

CBC | Posted 02.03.2015 | Canada British Columbia

The Canada Revenue Agency is demanding thousands of dollars from a B.C. senior, who suffers from dementia and Parkinson's disease, for failing to decl...

CRA Accidentally Discloses Famous Canadians' Tax Info

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.26.2015 | Canada Business

TORONTO - The Canada Revenue Agency confirmed late Tuesday that it has accidentally disclosed confidential taxpayer information to the CBC.The agency ...

TFSAs Will Lead To 'Welfare' For The Wealthy, Government Warned

CBC | Posted 01.24.2015 | Canada Business

The Conservative government is facing calls to change the rules around tax-free savings accounts now before a loophole means some of Canada's wea...

When Will Canada Revenue Agency Start Dealing With Legal Issues Properly?

Blake Bromley | Posted 01.08.2015 | Canada Politics
Blake Bromley

In 2009, CRA began to publish on its website summaries of the reasons it had revoked registrations "for cause". There is nothing in the Income Tax Act which defines revocation "for cause". (In deed, it is alarming to think that charities could be revoked "without cause".) These are simply charities CRA wants to "name and shame".

CRA Decides Its Threatening Letters To Canadians Are Nonsense

CBC | Posted 12.29.2014 | Canada Business

The next time you puzzle over an indecipherable letter or notice from the Canada Revenue Agency, don't blame yourself: even the tax department a...

CRA Now Trying To 'Gag'.. Birdwatchers?

CBC | Posted 12.16.2014 | Canada Business

A small group of nature lovers in southern Ontario enjoy spending weekends watching birds and other wildlife, but lately they're the ones under ...

CRA "Gotcha" Audits Need to Stop

Blake Bromley | Posted 12.12.2014 | Canada Politics
Blake Bromley

When government or industry officials want a charity closed down, they have little interest in the way they achieve revocation. All they care about is whether, at the end of the audit, they can raise their martini glasses and say GOTCHA.

Canada Shouldn't Feel Superior to China's Charity Regulation

Blake Bromley | Posted 12.06.2014 | Canada Politics
Blake Bromley

When considering civil society organizations, there are few things to which government officials are more sensitive than political activities. It is doubtful that the activities considered unacceptably political by the Communist Party of China are any more overtly political than the impugned activities of charities in Canada.

Special CRA Snitch Line Receives Over 1,000 Calls

CBC | Posted 11.24.2014 | Canada Business

Ottawa's program that pays for tips to the Canada Revenue Agency about tax cheats has received more than a thousand calls since being set up earl...