Thursday, 1 December 2011

Tax Relief and the Canada Revenue Agency Tax Payer Relief Program - Who Qualifies?

When an individual or business falls behind filing tax returns, it is imperative that they become tax compliant.  Filing tax returns and being up to date is very important. It is important because as long as tax returns remain in arrears the taxpayer will not only face massive interest and penalties, but could also face prosecution.

Usually financial problems are the primary reason cited for people falling behind in filing their tax returns. They don’t file because they know that once their tax returns are filed they will face the daunting task of paying their tax debt, in its entirety, to the Canada Revenue Agency.

The Canada Revenue Agency Tax Payer Relief program offers individuals and businesses the ability to request relief of interest and/or penalties. This is not tax relief; the Canada Revenue Agency will not reduce the actual tax debt and under this Tax Payer Relief Program, only interest and/or penalties can be forgiven.

Applicants who want to apply for taxpayer relief under the Canada Revenue Agency Tax Payer Relief Program will have to satisfy the Canada Revenue Agency (C.R.A.) that any one of four circumstances prevented them from filing their tax returns or from paying their tax debt. These circumstances include:

1.       Significant financial hardship.
2.       A serious medical problem.
3.       A natural disaster.
4.       An error on the part of the Canada Revenue Agency.

Very few applications for taxpayer relief are approved. Before one considers whether the cost of hiring a representative to make an application for interest and penalty relief under the Canada Revenue Agency Tax Payer Relief Program is worth his while, he should first consider if he even has the ability to pay his principal tax debt in full.

Once a tax debt is owed to the Canada Revenue Agency, they will demand to be paid in full. They will also proceed to collect their money. Collection action could include wage garnishments, property liens, freezing bank accounts and more. Business owners could face having their customers notified of their tax problem and have a set off placed on their receivables.

Directly attempting to negotiate with the Canada Revenue Agency is similar to playing Russian roulette. In most cases they will not make a voluntary payment plan with you unless you offer complete financial disclosure. Once they learn where you bank and what assets you have, you are in a very vulnerable position. Most voluntary payment plans that individuals self-negotiate are short term, so once the term is up and the taxpayer tries to negotiate another payment plan, they will refuse. This is simply due to the fact that they now have full financial disclosure, at which point they will proceed with further enforcement action ensuring that they collect all of their money.

The good news is that Federal Government programs do exist. Programs that do offer taxpayer tax relief will not only eliminate interest and penalties but will also reduce the size of a taxpayer’s tax debt significantly. To see if you qualify for tax relief, you must deal with an agency that can provide you with access to these programs. For more information about tax relief and the C.R.A. Tax Payer Relief Program please contact
DebtCare Canada at 888-890-0888 or visit www.debtcare.ca   

2 comments:

  1. for investors who lost money, there may be some relief through the tax system. ... their current tax bills to contact the canada revenue agency directly.

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  2. While the IRS offers amnesty programs for criminal tax evasion, the state tax amnesty programs are more likely to be applicable to the average taxpayer. State governments often run tax amnesty programs to boost revenue. The programs are available periodically, and usually allow taxpayers with past due balances to pay their balances off without paying the penalties and sometimes without interest as well.

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