The tax filing deadline is behind us and that means that your Notice of Assessment is probably going to arrive shortly (if you haven’t already received it). If you have, but believe that it is incorrect, you may want to consider filing a Notice of Objection with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

A Notice of Objection provides Canadian taxpayers with a chance to object to a Notice of Assessment, Reassessment, Determination, or Redetermination if you believe that something is incorrect or if you missed something when you originally filed your return. This is an important resource as it means that you have the ability to challenge something you believe was not correctly assessed.

That being said, you do need to back up any claims and do so in a timely manner.

Time limits. You have certain time limits within which you can file a Notice of Objection. The time limit for individuals is one year after the normal filing deadline for the return or 90 days after the day printed on your Notice of Assessment, whichever is later.

If you miss this first deadline, the CRA will allow an extension, as long as it is applied for within one year of the deadline for filing the Notice of Objection. With this application for an extension, you will need to provide the reason why you were unable to file your objection within the regular time limits, prove that you had intentions of filing all along and that you’ve applied a soon as was possible.

How do you file an objection? You need to formally register a dispute by writing a letter to the Chief of Appeals at your local tax services office, or by filing form T400A Objection – Income Tax Act by mail. This form can be found here: http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/E/pbg/tf/t400a/README.html.

When you file an objection, you will need to clearly outline the issue that is in dispute, why you believe it has resulted in an incorrect assessment, and provide any and all relevant documentation that supports your objection. The more you can do to show why you feel it is incorrect, the better off you’ll be.

Once you file, your case will be forwarded to an Appeals Officer who will then review it and make a determination. The time it takes to receive your determination is based on a few factors, including the complexity of the issue and any delays caused by not submitting all the required documentation.

If you believe your Notice of Assessment is incorrect and you’d like some help navigating the process of filing a Notice of Objection, Tax Solutions Canada can help. Don’t wait. Call us today at 1-888-868-1400.

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