If you’re dealing with the stressful knowledge that a tax debt is looming over your head, the last thing you want to deal with is an aggressive CRA tax collector. The CRA is well known for their less than passive methods of tax collection. Their job is to get money when money is owed, and sometimes the ways in which they attempt to do this leave a lot to be desired. The phone calls, the letters, even the tone of voice used, coupled with their refusal to negotiate, can make CRA agents a nightmare to deal with.
If this is a position within which you find yourself, here are some things to keep in mind when dealing with a forceful or uncompromising agent. No matter how much you owe, you deserve to be treated with respect and dignity.
Owing a Tax Debt
When you owe a tax debt and are being intimidated or bullied by the CRA, it may seem as though the last place you want to turn is, well, the CRA. If you owe a debt and believe compassion is to be had and negotiating a settlement may turn things around, we urge you to reconsider. The CRA will never reduce a tax debt, and negotiating, which may seem like a good idea, will often result in even worse treatment.
If you owe a tax debt that you can’t reasonably pay off in a short period of time, but you know that you are on the edge when it comes to dealing with the bullying, your best bet is to contact a tax professional, one who can stand by your side and negotiate for you. If you attempt to do so on your own, without knowing how the CRA operates when it comes to financial retrieval, you may find yourself facing even larger problems that an outstanding debt.
The Taxpayer Bill of Rights
You have rights under the Taxpayer Bill of Rights. This is a set of fifteen statutory and administrative rights which outline the standards of service Canadian taxpayers can expect in their dealings with the CRA. It was introduced in 2007 with the intent to increase accountability and transparency on the part of the CRA which would in turn, it was hoped, ensure greater compliance with tax laws on the part of taxpayers. What it also does it hold that aggressive CRA tax collector accountable for their actions if they tend towards harassment.
If you feel as though you are being harassed by the CRA, you can lodge a formal complaint. This needs to be done a certain way, and you need to file forms available online to do so properly. Those forms can be found here: http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/gncy/cmplntsdspts/menu-eng.html.
If you are being harassed or intimidated by an aggressive CRA tax collector, call Tax Solutions Canada today. We can help you get that tax debt cleared up, without causing more stress. 1-888-868-1400.