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Be More Aware about Canadian Tax Issues and Concerns This web blog is for the purpose of letting Canadians know what is going on with tax issues and concerns in Canada and to provide valuable insight into how the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) formerly known  ...

Beware of having CRA auditors come to your principal residence. If they get the tour, there is a real and genuine risk that that they will add up your net worth and assess you on the money they believe you made to pay for your niceties. Always meet CRA sta ...

I am completely irritated over an internet advertising company, that we hired to assist in marketing our services,  that decided to change their business and become our competitor. So if you are looking to hire a tax representative, make sure, it is not t ...

EMAIL RECEIVED: Your site is so enlightening wow! I think I’m doing everything correct but to your point these malicious people are out there to destroy our lives. Do you have an office in Montreal? If they knock on my door you’ll the first person to be ...

Yesterday, I was really steamed, as I reviewed the documents that we received from CRA under the access to information act. (ATIP) The auditor wrote that the working papers and audit notes were withheld because there is a current notice of objection in pr ...

Canada Revenue Agency letter campaign CRA is sending out another 29,000 letters to Canadians in the next two months. One would want to wonder why would they be doing so. The information below is provided by CRA from their web site. However one needs to loo ...

Well we are near Christmas and it is the festivities time of the season. All the parties are happening, the presents are bought or are soon to be … there are always those last minute things to buy. This year I have decided to endorce the concept of F ...

In the never ending attack on the wealth of Canaians, now CRA wants witholding tax based on employees exercising their stock options. What this means is that by exercising your options, you will need to come up with the cash to pay  the tax liability on y ...

In another in a series of articles about Trusts: The times they are a changing. The concept of using offshore as a way to legally avoid taxes is an open invitation to a journey of fighting CRA and then going to tax court. We all like to save on taxes. Howe ...

For those of you who still think offshore, Trusts, IBC.s and Hybred Corporations are where it is at and is the place to be, it may be prudent to recognize that losses over there may not be usable as a tax strategy in Canada. But even more importantly is to ...

If you think you are so very cool with what you post on Facebook, think again. CRA (Big Brother) is watching you. What you publish on Facebook can and will be used against you by CRA and in Court. To learn more about things that CRA does, go to www.taxaudi ...

It amazes me that our government agency, CRA, that is supposed to be part of a government of the people, for the people, has become so outrageously evil and there is not a public outcry of rage. Why is it that our population is not waking up to the realit ...

Below is a case CRA lost. They lost because this time they got caught in a bald faced XXX or should we say misleading information given to the judge? CRA does this kind of thing so often, that they don’t consider themselves subject to ethics or the law.  ...

CRA is getting tougher on Sole Proprietor Audits   The Canada Revenue Agency is getting aggressive about taking additional steps to check on whether sole proprietors are hiding sources of income during field audits.   Our current audit experience ...

In this case, the trustee and BMO Nesbit Burns Inc. Were likely wrong in attacking proceeds of insurance as belonging to the bankrupt person. The taxpayer, Mr. Moss,  who sells insurance, sold six life insurance policies to his mother worth 700 thousand d ...

 CRA’s Pacific Tax Services Offices really like to get nasty. Now they are attacking the travel expenses occurred by sick Canadians who need medical help.  CRA is claiming that only the actual “travel expenses” are deductible.& ...

 CRA attacks that which they created for themselves so that CRA themselves do not have to hire workers as employees. CRA forced the temp agencies to make their contractors into corporations. Now CRA is saying the workers are employees of the temp agencies ...

CRA Code of Ethics and Conduct The following document is what CRA is supposed to follow. It outlines what they would like to be. The problem is that due to pressure to collect taxes from upper management, there is little relationship between what they ...

Statute Barred Years Important Information 3 Year Rule This whole issue around statute barred years seems to confound a lot of people, including The Canada Revenue Agency. Generally, CRA, often referred to as “The Minister” cannot reassess a taxation yea ...

The tax system in Canada is a way to complicated. It is so convoluted that CRA, accountants, lawyers and tax representatives do not agree on the interpretations of an act that has grown over thousands of pages and millions of words. We need changes made. ...

 Here is an interesting article written by Charles Rotenberg, Counsel Doris Law Office 222 Somerset St., 2nd Floor Ottawa, Canada Area, Ontario K1n 5r9, Canada If you are considering tranfering property to someone related to you (an arm’s length tra ...

“CRA versus the People of Canada.” The income tax act being so convoluted, it provides a gold mine for CRA. With over two million words in the income tax act alone, not to mention the Excise Tax Act, The Information Circulars, The Interpretations, and th ...

This is an interesting article published in the Daily Gleaner by Heather McLaughlin One has to always wonder, what is the real reason behind the scenes. The Prosecutor says the charges are staid due to economic reasons. Hmm. While that makes sense, it is n ...

Well! here we have it. There are so many Requirements To Pay (RTP’s) in other words…. there are so many bank seizures by CRA, that the RBC or AKA has now made it easy to assist CRA in grabbing your dollars. Take not of the scanned letter below. ...

Rental Expenses, paying your children. It is clear that when you are paying your children, you need to have good records for what you paid for. This is not any different than any other discretionary business expense. You have to have proof of payment and s ...

We have a serious concern about this new mandate by CRA to focus on Net Worth Audits. This is a serious game they are playing. It is now part of a regular audit to fill out a form at the end of a normal audit where an auditor has to state why no Net Worth  ...

The Comox Valey Record posted a good article on the HST yesterday. I like the article because it gives a good unbiased take on HST. My recommendation is to accept HST as a good thing, and avoid potential tax problems by turning to audit ready bookkeeping.  ...

Death and Taxes. I find it interesting that CRA sees itself as a fair and reasonable entity. Yet more and more silliness shows up via the internet. Just as in China, web cams have changed the face and behavior of government workers, here in Canada the Inte ...

 Here is a funny CRA case. It reminds me of a case where CRA refused to issue a refund due to “Missing Information.” They could not tell me what information was missing, and could not issue the refund due to the file to memo that stated that t ...

HST is mostly good for business. I continue to like the HST, and I do believe that in general businesses will be much better off. If business is better off, then by default so too are employees. Sure it is going to hurt in some ways. But… Not needing ...

CRA Horror Story. This is a classic example of just how the system can be used against a taxpayer. There is no quarter, no care and no fairness when CRA gets dirty. They don’t care that Gary Hennessey was an innocent victim, they don’t care tha ...

David Little versus The CRA Goliath, This is an interesting situation. I have do admire the guy, that he will go to jail rather than to break his principles. However I also have to wonder just how it all makes sense. I doubt that there are very many people ...

CRA gets caught in their own errors. Contrary to popular opinion, you can fight CRA and win. That is the business we are in, fighting CRA. We do fight CRA tax problems,  we provide solutions to those problems and we do achieve victories. Usually the solut ...

You have to love it.!  It is pretty interesting the subject of “Politics & Propaganda.”  I guess some real lobbying and some real back room chats changed what was really going to happen. The Minister of Finance has said in the past that ...

 CRA is on a mission,being, to get as much money as they can. Sometimes it boggles the mind as to how they can be so inconsistent in their approach to businesses. Being that a lot of people incorporate to pay less taxes, which in itself is a bit of a joke ...

About Complaints to CRA. This is a good article about service level complaints against CRA. You can complain before going to the ombudsman, and I would recommend that you do that first. You will get a faster response, and may be able to resolve the matter  ...

 While the following cases are not exactly current, they are really good refreshers in how to see GAAR. (General Anti Avoidance Rules.) This a first rate bench mark for deciding about a transactions. For more information on how CRA sees things, go to www. ...

I don’t know… but it seems to me that $53,000 for job related expenses could be high. Regardless of high, low or whatever; Toronto has not been handling this properly. How it should work is that the counselors can be paid an extra $53,000. They ...

As a follow up to my earlier blog this morning. Read the following and then ask yourself; Does CRA go too far?” Dan White To learn more about CRA abuse and what you can do, go to www.taxauditsolutions.ca __________ Taxpayer ombudsman can’t fix  ...

This article just came to my attention. Although it is not really news as it is a couple of years old…. and CRA behaviour has gotten worse… this really is a great article. For more information on tax problems go to www.taxauditsolutions.ca Dan ...

There are a number of different types of TaxReps; It is very important to match the right TaxRep to the right tax problem. So review the following with just thought to what is right for you. A TaxRep can come from any one of the following areas. 1. A Lawye ...

 Due to dealing with CRA on a daily basis, and further, being we are the ones who are approached by Canadians who have been mistreated, we naturally don’t see the ombudsman’s report as any kind of a surprise. To be fair to CRA… no one ev ...

There are some serious questions that need answering, for making a decision of what to do about your tax problem. Should you handle this yourself, hire a Licensed Accountant, hire a Tax lawyer, or should you hire a Professional Tax Representative? There is ...

This is a very interesting case of an ingenious tax fraud scheme, where the tax preparer and the taxpayers all got caught. While the scheme is really quite intelligent, there was obviously one major flaw. The tax preparer did not do risk management. LeR ...

 If you are in trouble with CRA, and have not obtained a skilled Tax Representative, you could have a serious problem. Here is important information to keep in mind if the TaxMan comes to your door. Dan White For more info go to http://taxauditsolutions.c ...

Today more than ever it is important to remember that playing games with clever schemes to avoid taxes is no longer a good idea. CRA changes the rules, new laws come up, and CRA works retro actively. There are tons of things that can be done to reduce taxe ...

This gave me a good laugh, I was in the middle of fussing about an idiot from CRA when this came in and lightened my day of dealing with tax problems. Dan “A lady came to see me about a legal problem.  She said a friend of hers was a former client o ...

Top court rejects anti-abortion crusader’s tax case David Little loses his tax case, based on government funding of abortions. Too bad we as Canadians can not force the government to be accountable to how they spend our money. It is funny how some people ...

January had hit the world with a renewed assault by CRA on Canadians across this land. Audit and tax problems are becoming a part of everyday life for small business in Canada. It is not just tax cheaters they are after,,, they are after anything that they ...

This is not one of our cases, but it is a terrible injustice Audit Horror Story. For more information on audits and how to prevent tax problems in Canada, go to www.taxauditsoluitons.ca British Columbia’s Mr. Irvin Leroux, who has lost everything fightin ...

 everyone should take note that CRA is looking for money where ever they can. The next time you enter a contest and the question on the ballot / ticket is a simple math question that could require skill,  then that winning will likely b Institutional lin ...

TAX CRISIS MANAGEMENT While the gist of this article is about the risks of evading taxes offshore, the key thing here also is relevant for whenever you are contacted by CRA. A phone call or a brown envelope means you have a tax problem and you need to trea ...

Hello world, the TaxMan Cometh to those who overly complicate their tax affairs. The more complicated things are the more complicated they become. I am wonder struck on how complex our world has become. In today’s world, tax planning has become such  ...

The most common tax traps Keeping bookkeeping audit ready while straightforward it feels quite burdensome to produce all the required documentation. Just remember that an audit is a process of elimination of business deductions by auditors. There are numer ...

 The ever growing invasion into the rights of Canadians I don’t have an issue with making sure that Canadians pay their fines. However I have a huge issue with Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) being a bill collector for bills that have nothing to do with ...

 While CRA Loves to embarrass people There is also a big lesson here. Tax evasion is expensive. In order to avoid having the huge tax penalties and have CRA post the case as a “Press Release” you need to protect yourself. We don’t know  ...

Now this is pretty funny.  The finance minister slaps a 100% tax on over contributions for  TAX FREE savings accounts. I could see a 5% penalty… that would be reasonable… but when the money that goes into a TFSA is after tax dollars, slapping ...

It is clear the government want money, and they are going to cause tax problems for a lot of people looking for tax solutions. If you are a passive investor, you are going to pay more Tax, if you are an active investor, you will pay less tax. It is your ch ...

Here is a classic case of just what kind of tax problems can happen to Canadians. It will be interesting to see what kind of solutions will happen, when this gets back in tax court. For further info, conact me at dw@911taxes.com and check out www.tax-audit ...

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