Canada Revenue Agency

Mounties Wanted Canada Revenue Data Breach Kept Quiet

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.15.2014 | 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 04.15.2014 | 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 04.14.2014 | 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 04.13.2014 | 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 03.17.2014 | 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.

Filing Your Taxes Online Gets You Your Return Faster

Cleo Hamel | Posted 03.10.2014 | Canada Business
Cleo Hamel

The Canada Revenue Agency stopped mailing packages to pen-and-paper filers last year as part of a push towards the efficiencies of online filing of personal income tax returns. And from an efficiency perspective, it's hard to argue against the CRA's NETFILE system.

The CRA Wants to Help With Your Taxes -- But Only Online

Cleo Hamel | Posted 03.04.2014 | Canada Business
Cleo Hamel

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) shuttered its local inquiry and payment desks last October. The agency has abandoned the practice of mailing hard-copy tax return packages except by specific request. The Telefile system, which allowed Canadians with simple returns to enter their data over the telephone, no longer exists. In case you haven't gotten the hint, the CRA wants to deal with you online.

Tax Returns: Giving the Tax Man the Slip

Cleo Hamel | Posted 03.03.2014 | Canada Business
Cleo Hamel

So you filed your income tax return with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) well in advance of the April 30 deadline. Everything went without a hitch and you have a refund cheque in your hands, or directly deposited in your bank account. Free and clear until next year, right? Not quite. In fact, the tax return process has just begun at this point. It's not over until the CRA has finished its slip-matching program during the next few months.

Canada Revenue May Shut Down Up To 7 Climate Charities

CBC | Evan Solomon and Kristen Everson | Posted 04.09.2014 | Canada Business

The Canada Revenue Agency is currently conducting extensive audits on some of Canada's most prominent environmental groups to determine if they c...

Banks Won't Share Info With U.S. -- But Revenue Canada Will

CP | Maria Babbage, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.07.2014 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - Canadian financial institutions won't be forced to report directly to American tax authorities under a new deal with Washington on a law aime...

Taxpayers Tell Corporation To Pay Up

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.29.2014 | Canada Alberta

SASKATOON - The group behind a billboard in Saskatoon targetting a major Canadian exporter says it hopes the sign gets results.The sign asks Cameco to...

Ottawa Sees 'Staggering Losses' From Crazy Income Tax 'Theory'

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Business

If you come across claims that you don’t have to pay income taxes in Canada because you’re a “natural person,” you’d be well advised to igno...

Canada's Tax Man Likes To Go After The Little Guy

Financial Post | Posted 02.01.2014 | Canada Business

Tax dodgers' names have been added to a meticulously documented list of successful prosecutions -- sort of a kill list for Canada Revenue Agency burea...

Getting A Bit Duffy In Here

CP | Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Bombshell revelations from Sen. Mike Duffy are sure to reverberate again today across Parliament Hill.The former Conservative senator now say...

Canadian Company That Paid Taxes In Switzerland 'A Concern'

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 11.25.2013 | Canada Business

SASKATOON - Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall says he is concerned about a multimillion-dollar tax dispute between the Canada Revenue Agency and Saskatoo...

Stop the CRA Bullies From Ruining Canadian Lives

Karen Selick | Posted 10.23.2013 | Canada
Karen Selick

No matter how many politicians in Ottawa may prefer to settle cases, the hired guns at the Department of Justice don't seem to have been copied on that memo. Their mandate is to litigate, and their client -- the CRA -- has infinitely deep pockets. So there is no reason to settle, and no reason to refrain from motions and appeals, regardless of how many lawyer-hours are spent.

The Conservatives Are Going After Tax Cheats

Hon. Gail Shea | Posted 08.18.2013 | Canada Politics
Hon. Gail Shea

Our government is taking action to ensure that our tax laws are respected, while simultaneously working at home and abroad to ensure that our tax system meets Canadians' expectations of fairness and transparency. We are supporting international talks to better share information and working to close loopholes.

Harper Blocking International Plan To Fight Tax Cheats: Critics

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 06.14.2013 | Canada Business

The amount of money hidden from Canada’s tax collector has reached a record $170 billion, by one estimate, but critics of the Harper government say ...

Why Tax Refunds Aren't a Good Thing

Cleo Hamel | Posted 07.07.2013 | Canada Business
Cleo Hamel

It is nice to receive a cheque from the government but a tax refund is not good, because you are only receiving your own money back. Your tax refund is money you have overpaid the government during the year. You want to pay the right amount of tax during the year, rather than give the government an interest-free loan.

Fighting Tax Evasion While Slashing Revenue Canada's Budget

CBC | Posted 07.02.2013 | Canada Business

The federal government needs to take steps to stop tax cheaters from hiding their money in offshore havens, a parliamentary committee maintains in a r...

Canada's Uncollected Taxes Soar 60 Per Cent

National Post | Posted 04.26.2013 | Canada Business

The Canada Revenue Agency’s total uncollected tax debt has soared about 60% to $29-billion in the past seven years, at the same time the cost of “...

Do I Really Need to File a Tax Return?

Cleo Hamel | Posted 06.23.2013 | Canada Business
Cleo Hamel

Filing your tax return may seem like an unnecessary task if you earned little to no income during the year. Or if you are expecting a refund, your attitude may be that there is no rush to file by the April 30 tax deadline. However, there are some very good reasons to file your tax return on time every year.

If Your Child Has ADHD You Could Qualify for a Tax Credit

Dr. Kenny Handelman | Posted 06.19.2013 | Canada Living
Dr. Kenny Handelman

Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has a provision for individuals living with a disability to claim a disability tax credit. While this has been in place for a long time, it was just a few years ago that individuals with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD) were allowed to claim the tax credit, if they meet the criteria as set out by CRA.