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54,000 Canadians Snared By TFSA Rule

CP | Dean Beeby, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.11.2014 | 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 08.11.2014 | 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 08.03.2014 | 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.

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...

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...

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.

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...