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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...

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.

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...

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.

Harper's Audit-the-Enemy Strategy Fulfills Nixon's Dream

DeSmog Canada | Posted 09.24.2013 | Canada
DeSmog Canada

Last week it was revealed that Prime Minister Stephen Harper's office created an "enemy list" to include in briefing books for newly appointed Cabinet members. Pundits were quick to point out that US President Richard Nixon also had such a list of enemies that his office maintained.

Why Aren't Canadian MPs Paying Their Taxes?

Samuel Mosonyi | Posted 08.04.2013 | Canada Politics
Samuel Mosonyi

No politician or citizen stands above the law, and each citizen must pay income taxes. When the lawmakers fail to follow their own regulations, citizens should demand better. In order to take parliamentary suggestions and regulations on tax avoidance and evasion seriously, citizens should feel confident that their MPs, first and foremost, are following the rules.

Are BitCoins Tax Exempt?

CBC | Posted 06.26.2013 | Canada Business

Just in time for tax season, the Canada Revenue Agency says the users of Bitcoins will have to pay tax on transactions in the upstart digital currency...

NDP Calls For National Revenue Minister To Defend Cuts

CBC | Posted 06.09.2013 | Canada Politics

The NDP is calling for National Revenue Minister Gail Shea to defend cuts to the Canada Revenue Agency in the wake of leaked information that 450 Cana...

Revenue Canada Game Gets Employee In Trouble

CBC | Posted 04.01.2013 | Canada Politics

An Ontario-based amateur software developer has been fired from his position at Canada Revenue Agency after creating a video game about his disdain fo...

Is Big Brother Threatening Our Charities?

Jeff Rose-Martland | Posted 01.12.2013 | Canada
Jeff Rose-Martland

Last week, Canadian Mennonite magazine revealed that it had been threatened by the government. A Canada Revenue audit team the magazine that it could lose its charitable status because of what it published. CRA found some 2011 articles to be in violation of the Income Tax Act which forbids "the direct or indirect support of, or opposition to, any political party or candidate for public office." Where is this taking Canada? Will we be a nation without dissent, without criticism, without discourse? A nation where even the most well-meaning and well-respected charities must keep silent on everything or risk the wrath of government?

The Canadian Revenue Agency Needs a Hero

Senator Percy E. Downe | Posted 01.09.2013 | Canada Politics
Senator Percy E. Downe

Recent developments with regards to overseas tax evasion, as well as the broader issue of the management of operations at the Canada Revenue Agency, have come at an opportune time. Prime Minister Harper's recent changes in the senior ranks of the public service have created an opening at the top of CRA, representing a golden opportunity to revitalize the troubled Agency.

Found: $3M

CP | Dean Beeby, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.29.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Canada Revenue Agency has uncovered millions of dollars worth of missing taxes by doing a simple credit check that the banks have been us...

Hindu Temple Faces Huge Fine

CBC | Posted 08.05.2012 | Canada

A Hindu temple has been fined $301,869 by the Canada Revenue Agency for sending money to "non-qualified donees," which include a group th...

Harper Cuts Down Rights like They're Trees

Blake Bromley | Posted 07.01.2012 | Canada Politics
Blake Bromley

On a day when many were celebrating the 30th anniversary of the signing of Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Stephen Harper's government announced legislation that will drastically reduce the number of regulatory agencies that exist to protect the environment in which individual Canadians enjoy their rights and freedoms.

This Tax Penalty Pitfall Could Cost You More Than You Think

CBC | Posted 06.09.2012 | Canada Business

Most people know that if they file their personal tax return after the deadline, they’ll be assessed a penalty – five per cent of the...

We Don't Want No Foreign Funding

Blake Bromley | Posted 06.06.2012 | Canada
Blake Bromley

Finance Minister Jim Flaherty has told Canadians: "Free your pennies from their prisons at home and donate them to charity." However, he does not want you to liberate American pennies from the prisons in your home by donating them to charity.

Taxman Taking Private Sector Bribes?

The Huffington Post Canada | Michael Bolen | Posted 01.04.2012 | Canada Politics

UPDATE: The NDP is demanding a cross-Canada probe into alleged corruption at the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). The call comes after The Globe And Mail ...

Restaurant Tax Fraud Rampant Says Taxman

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.01.2011 | Canada

OTTAWA - A third of Canada's restaurants may be ripping off the taxman by using sophisticated "zapper" programs and other software to hide their sales...

Ottawa Cleared To Probe Quebec Municipal Contracts

The Canadian Press | Posted 09.17.2011 | Canada

THE CANADIAN PRESS — MONTREAL - The Canada Revenue Agency will be able to inspect the books of about 150 Quebec municipalities as it conducts a swee...