Before you prepare your CRA tax payment plan, you need to work out the time you will require to pay off your full tax. You can break down your total tax owing and arrive at a figure that you can pay every month. After that, your tax consultant will start the negotiation with CRA to convince them why the monthly payment proposed is a reasonable one. It will be a back and forth negotiation process. The bottom line is CRA wants to collect the tax as soon as possible; you on the other hand, need to pay affordable amount without adding financial stress. You can begin your calculations of the tax portion by normally going over your assessment notice.
As aforementioned, CRA tax payment plan is not usually granted at the first attempt. You have to spend considerable time working with your tax consultant in the preparation of a viable application so that you can justify to the CRA on why they should allow you to pay your taxes in installments.
The CRA has Income /Expense or a Net worth Statement that they like people to use when they are working out their CRA tax payment plan. It will be better on your tax consultant’s part to submit to the CRA the current statement for mortgages, credit card bills, loans or any other kinds of liabilities that you may have. Bank statement, credit card statement and stubs will be required as proof to show that you have submitted accurate figures in your Toronto tax payment plan negotiation proposal. Your Credit Report will also help in your Toronto CRA tax payment plan negotiation. It will go on to show that you are not concealing anything and that your payment plan proposal is genuine and that you cannot pay more than that on a monthly basis.
Payment arrangements for your tax payment plan negotiation with CRA could be quite complicated. When you submit your proposal, there may be one CRA agent who is handling your case but there is likelihood that after few weeks, you may find some other agents attending to your case with a totally different outlook and you may have to ask your tax consultant to start the convincing game once again with this other agent. Once your payment negotiation arrangement has been accepted by the CRA for the whole period you have proposed, your tax consultant can also consider putting in an application for Taxpayer Relief. It is a process that prompts CRA to use their discretion and consider canceling or waiving your tax account’s interest charges.
Once the CRA tax payment is approved, it is important to obtain a written agreement with CRA. Typically a confirmation letter from the CRA agent is sufficient. This is to make sure CRA has that tax payment plan recorded in their system to avoid newly assigned collection agents knocking on your door asking for the whole payment again.