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Tuesday's Tax Tidbits- Latest Income Tax Info - July 22, 2014

CRA Owes Duty of Care to Canadian Taxpayers

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 (“CRA”) owe a duty of care to Canadian taxpayers. The court held that in this case the standard was breached. Among other things, the income tax auditors threatened Mr. Leroux with gross negligence tax penalties if he did not sign a waiver allowing them to audit statute-barred years, inappropriately determined that Mr. Leroux had been grossly negligent and assessed excessive and unsupported income tax penalties against him.  

Voluntary Disclosure:

Are you considering a voluntary disclosure (VDP or tax amnesty application) to the Canadian tax department for unflled Canadian income tax returns or undeclared income, but are feeling confused due to all of the conflicting information on the internet?

Are you afraid of a sinister "tax man" or "tax police" in dark glasses waiting to pounce on you and throw you in jail for tax evasion or not filing tax returns?

Nothing could be further from the truth. You CAN sleep at night, despite the fear mongering that you may have seen to the contrary.

The Canadian income taxation system is based on self-assessment. Taxpayers sometimes fail to report all income that they should, either through inadvertence or due to the extreme complexities of the Canadian tax system.

The purpose of the Canada tax amnesty program is to encourage Canadian taxpayers to voluntarily comply with their income tax obligations. Prosecution would be contrary to the goals of the VD program and contrary to the published guidelines (binding on CRA) that make it clear there will be no prosecution.

Benefits of Filing A Voluntary Disclosure Application


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