Tuesday's Tax Tidbits - Latest Income Tax Info March 24, 2015

Punitive Damages Against CRA

The recent Quebec case of Groupe Enico & Archambault v. Revenu Québec, 2013 QCCS 5189 is another case in which a developing duty of care by the CRA to taxpayers is being recognized by the courts in different provinces. The taxpayers were awarded $4 million, including $2 million in punitive damages, for an abusive GST/QST assessment and collection action. While it is becoming accepted law that the CRA has liability to taxpayers for improper act....    Read More

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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