The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has announced on their website that there are changes coming to the RC59 Business Consent form. This form is completed by a taxpayer who has business accounts or by businesses who wish to have a representative contact the CRA on their behalf.
Without having this form signed and dated, the CRA will not speak to the representative.
These changes are expected to be law in May of 2017.
These laws apply to representatives who use the RC59, Business Consent, to get online access to their business clients’ information in Represent a Client.
- After May 15, to request online access to tax information for a business, you will need to complete the authorization request in Represent a Client. Form RC59 will no longer be used to authorize online access.
To complete an authorization request:
- Log into Represent a Client.
- From the Welcome page, select “Review and update.”
- Select “Authorization request” at the bottom of the “Manage clients” tab and follow the instructions.
- Print the signature page for your client to sign.
Scan and send the signed copy of the signature page to the CRA using Submit documents.
- When you use Represent a Client, you’ll have access to your business clients’ information in five days or less instead of the 15 days it takes today with form RC59.
You can also see which business clients have authorized you and if the authorizations expire by selecting “Businesses that have authorized this business (or RepID)” under the “Manage clients” tab.
- What if I don’t use Represent a Client?
If you still prefer your current process, you can still use form RC59 to request access to your business clients’ information by telephone or mail.