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For Canadian sex workers, CERB was a lifeline — if they could get it

As a sex worker, Melody Merlot started to worry about her livelihood even before COVID-19…

Toronto employment agency owner sentenced for tax fraud

TORONTO – On September 30, 2020, the Canada Revenue Agency announced that two employment agencies,…

Ownership registry needed to crack down on tax evasion, money laundering in Canada: coalition

A coalition of public-interest groups is asking the federal government to crack down on financial…

SCC deals a blow to tax evaders in Canada

The use of banks in foreign jurisdictions to hide information, assets and income from tax…

Thoughts on the CRA and Canadian corporate tax gap

TORONTO – The Canada Revenue Agency recently published the corporate tax gap estimates, approximately one year…

SCC decision will make it harder for tax evasion across provincial borders

The Supreme Court of Canada’s June judgment in 1068754 Alberta Ltd. v. Québec (Agence de Revenue) means…

Employers’ role in ensuring retirees understand income tax complexities

The complexities of income tax at retirement can come as a shock to pensioners, but…

A taxpayer’s rights to interest from the Canada Revenue Agency

TORONTO– Under the Income Tax Act, RSC 1985, c 1 (5th Supp) ("ITA") 164(3) the…

When can the CRA advance an alternative argument?

TORONTO – During a typical tax dispute between a taxpayer and the Canada Revenue Agency,…

CRA woeful disregard for taxpayer rights

TORONTO – In MNR v Cameco Corporation (2019 FCA 67), the Federal Court of Appeal concluded that…

The Canada Revenue Agency’s VDP and the Gauthier decision

TORONTO, September 26, 2019 – The Voluntary Disclosures Program ("VDP") allows taxpayers to correct inaccurate…

Tax audits likely coming for Home Depot commercial account holders

Earlier in September, Home Depot commercial credit cardholders received the following message from the home…

Make sure your books are clean come tax time – or else

Earlier this year, Home Depot Canada commercial clients received a letter warning them that the…

Contractors buying from Home Depot, other retailers beware — the CRA is coming after you

'Expect to be audited,' lawyer says as the CRA targets the underground economy in general,…

Calgary Herald – Man ‘moves’ to Ottawa in canoe to make a point. Canada Revenue accepts his expenses

It took John Konecny six days to journey from Whitby, Ont. to Ottawa through five…

Estate Planning and Your Taxes

The biggest mistake in estate planning is not taking into account the taxes payable on…

CRA tax audit and criminal tax evasion investigation: What are taxpayers’ Charter rights?

In part one of this series, regarding the case of Softcom Solutions v. Attorney General…

David Rotfleisch – Difference between a CRA tax audit and a criminal tax investigation – The Lawyer’s Daily

(August 14, 2020, 12:26 PM EDT) -- The Income Tax Act gives the Canada Revenue…

Snowbirds beware: The CRA is hunting for bulk US real estate data to keep tabs on transactions by …

Rotfleisch, a certified specialist in taxation, told me in an interview that he was “fascinated…

When can a Canadian taxpayer seek punitive damage from the CRA?

Canadian Accountant Tax lawyer and accountant David Rotfleisch looks at the Quebec Court of Appeal…

How the CRA can seize your client’s portfolio

“CRA collection officers have the ability to seize assets without a court order,” Rotfleisch says.…

Do Swiss banks owe your accounting clients money?

"Offshore bank accounts, notably but not exclusively in Switzerland, were a common feature of tax…

COVID-19 benefits: fraudulent claims, tax fraud and cash economy | David Rotfleisch

The COVID-19 Canadian Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) application forms and Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)…

Lawyers who trade cryptocurrency: Remember the CRA

Bitcoin, the most well-known cryptocurrency, has recently been trading around $8,600, which is in the…

Practice Note No. 23: Tax Court of Canada tests Preliminary Ruling Docket

Thousands of appeals are launched in the Tax Court of Canada each year, some by…

Four tricks the wealthy use to reduce taxes that ordinary Canadians can try, too

You don’t have to be in the 1% to incorporate these tried and true tax…

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What does carbon pricing mean for you?

Prime Minister Trudeau announced on Tuesday the Liberals' federal carbon tax and rebate plan to…

Is the CRA treating you fairly?

The Auditor General says how you're treated by CRA depends on where you live and…

Are the feds coming for your lottery winnings?

Reports suggest the Canada Revenue Agency is looking at taxing your poker winnings. Tax expert…

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CRA Tax Audits

There are over 350,000 tax audit and review actions conducted by the Canada Revenue Agency on a yearly basis. Around 15,000 of these tax audits deal with “cash only” businesses (i.e. the underground economy). Additionally, an estimated 35,000 are tax shelter audits.

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