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CRA investigation seeks information to identify B.C. condo-flippers

17th October 2017

The Canada Revenue Agency is casting a wide net in its investigation of condo presales, with court documents indicating the agency will seek "any and all correspondence, including emails," between all parties involved in the transactions, including developers, buyers and agents.

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Tax Views: Appealing tax assessments a long and expensive journey

21st September 2017

Taxpayer appeals to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) are the first step in resolving tax disputes following an assessment for taxes. The procedures are strictly controlled, the timelines are stringent and subject to technical issues of delivery of documents. 

There are three principal steps for resolving income tax disputes with the CRA. The first is to file a proper Notice of Objection. Although the mechanics of this step are fairly simple (identify the taxpayer, the assessment objected to, the years involved, and the reasons for the objection), it is important to set out the relevant provisions, and a brief statement of the reasons for the department to review. The scope of the Objection can become an issue in subsequent litigation.

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What to do if the Canada Revenue Agency reviews your tax return

10th August 2017

What is a review of your tax return?
The first thing you should know is a review is not an audit.

If the CRA tells you that your tax return is being reviewed, it is simply to ensure that the amounts you have claimed are reported accurately. 

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CRA's Power To Compel Information Protected Under Solicitor-Client Privilege — Canadian Tax Lawyer Analysis

30th July 2017

Legal privilege protects information from disclosure. That is, if your conversation with another person qualifies as privileged, that person cannot be compelled to reveal the contents of that conversation. Canadian courts repeatedly recognize solicitor-client privilege as a fundamental tenet of our legal system.

Yet Canada's Income Tax Act grants the CRA with broad powers to collect—and force individuals to reveal—information for the purpose of enforcing tax laws.

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