The Canada Revenue Agency has announced to tax preparers and representatives that if they wish to have online access to a business client’s tax information after May 15, 2017 they will have to complete the authorization request in the Represent a Client section on the CRA web site.
In order to do this, tax representatives have to log into Represent a Client and select “Review and update” from the Welcome page. They then select “Authorization request” at the bottom of the “Manage clients” tab and follow the instructions.
Once the request is complete, tax representatives will need to print the signature page for their client to sign. Once it is signed, a scanned copy of the document may be sent to the CRA using its submit documents feature.
Using this method will allow tax professionals to gain access to their business clients’ information in five days or less instead of the 15 days it currently takes with form RC59.
If, however, you still prefer your current process, you can still use form RC59 to request access to your business clients’ information by telephone or mail.
And if you need to have authorization in less that 5 days, you should reach out to us here at inTAXicating, because with almost 11-years’ experience working in the CRA’s Collections department, we know how to get that authorization in the hands of someone in minutes!
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