Canada Revenue Agency

CRA Accidentally Discloses Famous Canadians' Tax Info

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 11.26.2014 | 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 11.24.2014 | 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 11.08.2014 | 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 10.29.2014 | 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 10.16.2014 | 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 10.12.2014 | 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 10.06.2014 | 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...

Charity Lesson From the Scottish Referendum

Blake Bromley | Posted 11.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Blake Bromley

The referendum in Scotland demonstrates the risks of England denying tax benefits to charities which promote indigenous Scottish values. Canada should have the self-confidence to respect the values and purposes which emanate from Quebec's people and legislature when granting tax benefits to registered charities.

CRA Targeted Left-Leaning Think Tank For Audit For Being 'Biased'

CP | Dean Beeby, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.01.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - A left-leaning think-tank was targeted by the Canada Revenue Agency for a political-activities audit last fall partly because the research an...

All This CRA Bickering Is Distracting Charities From Their Real Work

Blake Bromley | Posted 10.22.2014 | 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 10.19.2014 | 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 10.13.2014 | 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 10.11.2014 | 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 10.11.2014 | 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 10.07.2014 | 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 10.05.2014 | 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 10.03.2014 | 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 10.01.2014 | 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 09.24.2014 | 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 09.24.2014 | 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 09.24.2014 | 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 09.21.2014 | 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 09.16.2014 | 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 09.13.2014 | 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.