Canada Revenue Agency

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 | 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.

Filing Your Taxes Online Gets You Your Return Faster

Cleo Hamel | Posted 05.10.2014 | 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 05.04.2014 | 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 04.26.2014 | 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...