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Challenging CRA Tax Audits – The Reasonable Minimum Standard – Canadian Tax Lawyer Guide

18th July 2018

When a Canadian taxpayer is facing a tax audit from the CRA, the conduct and methodology of the tax auditor are subject to a "reasonable minimum standard". If the tax auditor meets this standard, the burden of proof is shifted onto the taxpayer to show the tax auditor's assessment is incorrect. If the tax auditor fails to meet this standard, the Tax Court of Canada could nullify the result of the tax audit assessment and uphold the taxpayer's original filing position.

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The Canada Revenue Agency's Battle Against Taxpayers Has Just Begun

8th May 2018

CRA is good (sort of) at collecting money owed; when it comes to administering programs that pay money out, not so much.

As we've come to the end of the first stage of tax filing season for most Canadians, people breathe a sigh of relief that their annual tax nightmare is over. But unfortunately for many, the real ordeal is just getting cued up.

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5 things you need to do to win (or survive) a CRA tax audit

25th April 2018

So you’ve filed your taxes and received your notice of assessment, but now there’s another letter from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) in your mailbox with a request to see more of your paperwork. What do you do?

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Canada Revenue Agency farcical in treatment of taxpayers

25th March 2018

The Canada Revenue Agency made headlines last week and not in a good way. The B.C. Supreme Court awarded over $1.6 million in damages, including punitive damages, against the CRA, having found that its agents had committed the tort of malicious prosecution. The judgment chronicles the type of prosecutorial blinders that I see all too often in my practice.

The CRA investigations officer made up his mind that the couple who owned a restaurant and nightclub in Nanaimo, B.C. (the Samaroos), had unreported cash sales. Once he made up his mind, he did whatever he could to secure a conviction — and the facts be damned!

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