Did you know that not all the tax information and suggestions you find on the Internet are true?
Of course you knew that!
I’ve joked with everyone from my children, to family, friends, employers, employees and even director’s and CEO’s of huge organizations that tax information “must be true! It’s on the Internet”, no matter how absurd it might appear to be.
We all know, or should know to take everything we read with a grain of salt… and that fact-checking is critical when trying to decide if information is legitimate, completely made up, or aimed to scare you.
As we scroll through pages and pages of information, reading about situations and stories about how the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) administers tax law here in Canada it is easy to lose sight of goal, which is to get a better understanding of what is acceptable and what is not regarding so many aspects of taxation. The best indicator of how close to the truth an article is can be determined by the sources cited in that piece.
An article about the CRA with a link to the CRA website (which backs up the facts) is the best indicator that the author knows their stuff.
If, however, you come across an article which has no references, no supporting links to the originating source, or links from a website titled something like “I_want_to_stop_the_CRA.org” then you can be assured the information is not going to be accurate, it is not going to help you, and more likely it was written to scare you, or present a horror story to get you to contact them to help you.
Don’t waste your time on those… Ever!
When a prominent tax lawyer wanted everyone to stop looking for solutions on the Internet it was presented that the CRA could find out you have a tax problem by sneaking into your house, taking your computer, breaking in to it, and seeing that you have been looking for tax help online.
Well, guess what?
If the CRA has to come and seize your computer, they already know you have a tax problem! They cannot seize your computer unless it’s part of a criminal investigation.
The true intention of these ads is not to warn you about a new power that the CRA has secretly acquired, but rather this firm doesn’t want you seeing that there are options available for you online to fix the problem yourself. So they scare you away from the Internet so you won’t find helpful tips and solutions at firms like this one, inTAXicating.
Better to hire them then get advice from a real former CRA Collection employee to help get you back on track.
In a capitalistic marketplace I don’t blame them, but I am concerned. Tax is confusing, especially when a tax problem suddenly arises and the CRA is pressuring you to fix it quickly in one of their 3 ways:
1) Pay it
2) File up-to-date and watch the balance go away, or,
3) Go bankrupt.
How can you be expected to make that sudden choice which has significant short and long-term implications on you, your business, your family and your life, without having the facts, all the facts, and not just the facts the CRA wants you to have, or that you believe they are telling you.
That’s where I come in, specifically, this blog, this business and this business model.
I want you to know the truth.
I want you to be able to make an informed decision whether that decision is made via information found on this blog, or on my website, or through an email to me. I want you to be able to understand the CRA and their collection, enforcement, audit, filing process and administrative process as well as I do.
I want you to understand the corporate culture there and that very infrequently is there an agent on the other side of the phone with your picture on a dart board in their cubicle.
I want you to know your options, your best next steps and that your long-term plan of action will not only help you resolve your tax situation but also keep you and the CRA happy.
I want you to know that in situations where I feel that you cannot do this alone, that I can help you, and will help you, make matters right, and I want you to know that a tax problem does not occur overnight and resolving them can take a long-time.
I have the knowledge and understanding that no-one else can claim to possess about the CRA collections policies and process and I don’t say that to boast, but rather to inform. I don’t profess to have an “army” of “real” CRA staff with me, nor do I pretend that background is in any area other than where it shows on my web-site, blog, and on my LinkedIn profile. Collections, collection, collections.
I’m also not going top pretend that a background in Appeals or Audit is going to help you better than a back ground in Collections. To each their own.
I write my blog posts myself and where possible I cite everything I can to the CRA website so that you can be comfortable knowing that information you read on my social media platforms are sourced from the people who want you to pay your taxes and question your deductions and filing deadlines.
I don’t write my posts in order to scare anyone or to force them to use my services, because quite frankly, I want everyone to be able to navigate the Canadian tax system without ever having problems and running afoul of the CRA and in a perfect world, one day I’ll be able to provide a users guide to the CRA to allow people to file, re-file and pay without incurring penalties and / or interest and where the CRA understands why people can’t, won’t or are unable to do so and then have the CRA deal with them in an understanding manner.
But for now, we have to take it one day at a time, and one situation at a time.
The best day to start fixing tax problems is today. There are always solutions and there are always options. In deciding what you want to do, you need to make sure you are getting the right information and from the right sources. Be wary of what you read on the Internet because it can make you want to close your blinds, change you name and hide from the CRA when all they want you to do is to close an account or file a nil return.
Get the facts!
inTAXicating Tax Services offers a free 15-minute consultation to determine how to best proceed with a tax situation.
From there if’s decided that a written plan of action is needed, I can produce one for you.
If from that, a decision is made to engage inTAXicating to represent you in your dealings with the CRA, then we determine if the hourly or fixed plan works best for you.
You don’t have to worry about opening those brown envelopes. Help is here!