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New tax credit 'clear win' for families

Although the federal government’s new tax credit for families does not amount to real income splitting, it still represents a victory for taxpayers, says Toronto tax planning ... Read more

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CRA within mandate to audit charities' political activities

Regardless of political stripe, there are clear restraints on the types of activities registered charities can engage in – and the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is squarely within ... Read more

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Unclear CRA letters costly for taxpayers

Letters sent out by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) are confusing and poorly written, according to a recent study – highlighting a potentially costly problem that many lawyers and ... Read more

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Director liability avoided

By David Rotfleisch The Income Tax Act sets out director liability in s. 227.1 for unremitted source deductions unless the director has resigned at least two years prior to ... Read more

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Duty-of-care ruling may lead to new CRA employee standards

The outcome of a taxpayer’s nearly 20-year battle against the Canada Revenue Agency has the potential to force the agency to radically change the behaviour of its employees, ... Read more

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Recovering missing Social Insurance Number (SIN)

By David Rotfleisch A SIN is required to file Canadian income tax returns. If your SIN card is lost or stolen and you have not recorded your number, you can request ... Read more

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Tax Court ruling may limit disproportionate penalties

A recent Tax Court of Canada decision will hopefully persuade the Minister of National Revenue to reconsider the routine imposition of harsh penalties for failing to report ... Read more

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Participation in CRA tax informant program expected to grow

While it is still too early to tell whether the Canada Revenue Agency’s new program aimed at cracking down on offshore tax evasion has been a success, participation will likely ... Read more

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CRA appeals officer cuts could increase backlog

If reports of a possible staffing change at the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) come to pass, taxpayers who have filed objections could be facing longer waits before the agency handles ... Read more

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Canadian taxation of contract cancellation payments

By David Rotfleisch A termination fee received for cancellation of a contract will be considered to have been received as a payment on account of capital (capital gain) or as ... Read more

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CRA to set up special snitch line for its own staff

OTTAWA - The taxman wants to know if any of his own are up to no good. That's why the Canada Revenue Agency is in the process of setting up a self-snitch line. ... Read more

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CRA owes duty of care to Canadian taxpayers

By David Rotfleisch In the recent case of Leroux v Canada Revenue Agency the British Columbia Supreme Court found for the first time that employees of the Canada Revenue Agency ... Read more

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RRSP withdrawal tax planning

By David Rotfleisch It is possible to structure a gradual withdrawal of RRSP funds without paying tax through an offsetting interest deduction on funds borrowed and invested in ... Read more

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Charities faced with CRA requests should consult lawyer

Although compliance requests from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) can place significant financial demands on small charities, a tax lawyer may be able to help negotiate a better ... Read more

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Deceased taxpayers and the voluntary disclosure program

By David Rotfleisch There can be many tax obligations on a person’s estate even after he or she has died. These obligations are carried out by the executor.  Read More at Tax ... Read more

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Charity has same rights as taxpayer if challenged by CRA

As the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) widens its audit into the political activities of charities, organizations should be aware of their rights, and how the process works if they are ... Read more

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July 31 deadline for new tax form T1135

By David Rotfleisch All Canadian taxpayers with foreign property costing more than $100,000 are required to submit Canadian Income Tax form T1135 annually along with their ... Read more

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Fiscal Arbitrators cases all adjourned

By David Rotfleisch Fiscal Arbitrators sold fraudulent tax shelters to Canadian taxpayers. The CRA has assessed all taxpayers with gross negligence penalties, even though many ... Read more

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Top 10 tips to resolve your tax matter/reduce legal fees

By Peter Aprile We want to deliver great results and provide cost-effective legal services. In order to meet these goals, we need to work together.  Read More at Counter ... Read more

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CRA targeting middle income taxpayers

By David Rotfleisch The CRA (the Canadian Income Tax department) has recently focused on middle income Canadian taxpayers. The CRA conducted cross-country pilot projects to ... Read more

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