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CRA Account Lockout for Almost One Million Canadians

CRA Account Lockout for Almost One Million Canadians

CRA Account Lockout for Almost One Million Canadians Earlier in 2021, there were reports that thousands of Canadians were locked out of their CRA accounts. On March 12, 2021 CTV News reported that almost a million people will be locked out this week. The Canada Revenue Agency […]

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Up to 224 people have fallen victim to a tax scam in Western Canada

Western Canada Tax Scam This story was just published by the CBC. Up to 224 people have fallen victim to a tax scam where $192 million in fake expenses were submitted to the CRA. The perpetrator of the fraud served jail time but now the CRA is […]

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Tips for Dealing with a CRA Collections Officer

Tips for Dealing with a CRA Collections Officer

When a collection officer calls from the Canada Revenue Agency here are some things to know: Try to be polite. Remember a collection officer is a real person who spends their day on the phone talking to people who don’t want to deal with them. Even if […]

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Status of the Canada Revenue Agency as of February 2021

Status of the Canada Revenue Agency as of February 2021

CRA Activities We Noted for February 2021 We have heard time and time again that the Canada Revenue Agency is still open and providing services to Canadians during the pandemic.  While this is true, the level of service and the timeliness of the Canada Revenue Agency has […]

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Canadian Tax Shelter Scams

Canadian Tax Shelter Scams We get many calls from people who participated in tax shelters. Their story is usually goes like this: I bought into a tax shelter 4 or 5 years ago. I contributed for one or more years. I put $10,000 into a charitable donation […]

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Trudeau and the Canadian Small Business Tax

Trudeau and the Canadian Small Business Tax

Trudeau and the Canadian Small Business Tax Despite its consultation with Canadians it appears that the Liberal government is moving forward with their proposed tax changes. As tax professionals we are concerned that these changes will reduce the incentives that entrepreneurs have to start or grow their […]

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Director’s Liability – CRA Appeal

Director’s Liability Assessment with the Canada Revenue Agency Below is a recent letter from the CRA in response to our appeal on behalf of our client. If you believe you have been erroneously assessed by the Canada Revenue Agency for Director’s Liability or other sections of the […]

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Canada Tax Tips 2017 2018

New CRA Rules and Advice for 2016 2017 Canada Revenue Agency Email and Phone Scams – There are multiple criminal organizations and individuals human-voice and robo calling Canadians impersonating a Canada Revenue Agency agent. These fake agents are requesting money or personal information. If you receive such […]

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Alberta Personal Bankruptcy

Alberta Personal Bankruptcy

Alberta Personal Bankruptcy on the Rise To our fellow Albertans: Cawston and Associates Inc. is a family company. Our family was born and raised in Alberta. During the past 40 years in Alberta we have seen our share of the boom and bust cycle related to the […]

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Tax Evasion and Crossing the US Border

Tax Evasion and Crossing the US Border

Canada Revenue Agency can block tax evaders from crossing the border A recent CBC article points out that tax evaders may find it more difficult to cross the border. This is designed as a deterrent for people participating in off-shore tax havens. However, we have seen cases […]

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