Most taxpayers have fear over dealing with CRA and thus will do whatever to make the tax man happy, sometimes at the expenses of their own right as taxpayers. At Tax SOS, we take it as our duties to inform and ensure that all clients, despite of their tax problems, still desire the due respect from the tax agencies of all levels. In fact, most taxpayers do not even know that CRA does have a set of taxpayer bill of rights for CRA’s own agents to follow as a guideline when interacting with taxpayers.
The Taxpayer Bill of Rights contains 15 rights of taxpayers, and the 5 commitments of the CRA to small businesses.
The Rights of Taxpayers
The taxpayer has the right to the the following:
- To receive entitlements and to pay no more and no less than what is required by law.
- To receive service in both official languages.
- To privacy and confidentiality.
- To a formal review and a subsequent appeal.
- To be treated professionally, courteously, and fairly.
- To complete, accurate, clear, and timely information.
- As an individual, not to pay income tax amounts in dispute before you have had an impartial review.
- To have the law applied consistently.
- To lodge a service complaint and to be provided with an explanation of our findings.
- To have the costs of compliance taken into account when administering tax legislation.
- To expect CRA to be accountable.
- To relief from penalties and interest under tax legislation because of extraordinary circumstances.
- To have access to published service standards and annual reports from the CRA,
- To have timely warnings about questionable tax schemes and
- To be represented by a person of your choice.
The CRA’s Promise to Small Businesses
The CRA has made the following five commitments to their small business clients:
- To run the tax system so that small businesses pay as little as possible in order to comply with requirements,
- to reduce the compliance burden of all small businesses by working with other governments and making sure that tax services are as efficient as possible,
- To providing the types of services that will meet their needs,
- To help small businesses to follow all legal tax requirement of the CRA by running outreach activities,
- To offer explanations to small businesses as to how the CRA operates.
How We Can Help You
If you think your right as taxpayer has been violated based on the Taxpayer Bill of Right, please contact Tax SOS. Dealing with the CRA on a regular basis is what we do – you can rely on us to ensure that your rights and the commitments made by the CRA are recognized and provided to you, that way you will have the best possible protection when paying / receiving tax.
We specialize in providing urgent tax relief and handling urgent tax emergencies. If you are seeking professional and urgent tax help, then contact us TODAY at (877)982-9767 or (416)623-9234 or complete the Contact Form!