Thursday, May 31, 2007

A Taxpayer Advocate for Canada

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) announced that a Tax Ombudsman, similar to the National Taxpayer Advocate of the IRS, would be in place this fall. A new complaint-resolution process called CRA Service Complaints will accompany the new position and will supplement present appeals procedures available to Canadian taxpayers. The legislation also adds nine new rights to the Canadian Taxpayers' Bill of Rights; including one which may allow Canadian taxpayers to avoid interest and penalties are due to extraordinary circumstances outside their control.

For the sake of Canadian taxpayers; I hope that the new ombudsman is as good as Nina Olson has been for the IRS.


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