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.

Revenue Canada Told To 'Stockpile' Some Family Tax Cut Claims

CBC | Posted 03.20.2015 | Canada Business

Some families hoping to cash in on the government's much-hyped family tax cut may have to put their spring spending spree on hold for a few month...

The CRA Might Ask You to Prove Custody of Your Kids

Caroline Battista | Posted 03.19.2015 | Canada Business
Caroline Battista

Single parents with custody receive some substantial tax savings and the Canada Revenue Agency will sometimes ask for proof of custody. Even though your children obviously live with you, you need to prove it to the CRA if they ask. They may want a third-party confirmation so be prepared if they come asking.

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...

Avoid These 5 Mistakes Students Make During Tax Time

Caroline Battista | Posted 03.05.2015 | Canada Business
Caroline Battista

There is a belief that if you don't earn money or get a refund then it is not worth filing a tax return. This is wrong. If you are planning to get a career, you are going to pay income tax so all of those tuition and education credits will come in handy later. Even if you don't plan on paying income tax in the near future, there are federal and provincial benefits that come as of a result of your tax filing.

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

CBC | Posted 02.08.2015 | 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...

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 ...

Canada Revenue Agency Eyeing Web Page To Counter Negative Coverage

CP | Steve Rennie, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.20.2015 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - The Canada Revenue Agency wants to set the record straight when journalists fail to include its upbeat take in their stories.A new document s...

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.

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 ...

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 Engaged In 'Political Retribution' Against Harper Critics: Think Tank

CP | Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.21.2014 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - A left-leaning think tank is raising new questions about the possibility of political interference in audits of charities.The Broadbent Insti...

Harper Rejects Claim Gov't Targeting Birdwatchers

CBC | Posted 12.20.2014 | Canada Business

Prime Minister Stephen Harper rejected claims Monday that his government has targeted a small group of birdwatchers for their political activities, sa...

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.

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...

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...

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.

Canadian Charities: Criticize the Government and Pay

Tom Henheffer | Posted 09.24.2014 | Canada Politics
Tom Henheffer

Not terrorists, white-collar crooks, or climate change -- it seems the real threat to Canadian society hides behind a much friendlier face: charities. Or to be more specific, charities critical of the Canadian government. This week it was made public that the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) is auditing PEN Canada for its "political activities." In 2012, the Canadian government earmarked $8 million of the CRA's budget for auditing political activities, and then upped that amount again to $13 million. In a time of austerity, there is still a plenty of money to go after enemies of our federal government.

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.

The Largest Expense in a Canadian Family's Budget Will Surprise You

Charles Lammam | Posted 06.29.2014 | Canada Business
Charles Lammam

Like other Canadians, you work hard for your money. Faced with essential expenses such as food, clothing, and shelter, your household budget may feel squeezed. But what if we told you, your family's biggest expense is taxes?

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.