How to Deal with CRA Tax Audits

Most taxpayers are alarmed when they receive audit requests from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). Tax Audit Help Toronto finds that the CRA uses computer-generated lists, special projects, leads, and associated files for selecting most taxpayers for audits, and of these methods the computer-generated list is most common. The CRA automated system randomly collects financial information for taxpayers across similar businesses or occupations to generate lists of returns, some with information inviting audits.

 

Groups are targeted

Special projects probe compliance of particular taxpayer groups. If any non-compliance discovered, the CRA may expand the audit locally, regionally, or nationally. Leads from previous audits or from outside sources and filings of taxpayers associated in business with those already audited round out the most common methods of selection.

CRA audits examine financial statements, previous audit results, ledgers, bank account statements, sales invoices, purchase receipts, expense accounts, and other business records. A desk audit (at a CRA office) may require the taxpayer to identify or explain questionable items and to bring specified documents for examination for unreported income. A field audit (at the taxpayer’s home or office) usually means a more serious potential liability.

 

We go investigate your taxes to ensure proper credits are given to you

When providing tax audit help in Toronto and other areas, Tax 911 Now has found that auditors do not review all information necessary. Auditor errors are not unusual and can cost taxpayers thousands; By working with Tax 911 Now for tax audit help, you can prevent such costly errors, first by reducing the audit risks.

Tax 911 Now’s comprehensive audit solution program first identifies taxpayer problem areas likely to attract CRA audits. The self-employed are more at risk of audits than are hourly or salaried workers. Sudden, dramatic changes in economic circumstances or a standard of living much higher than the norm for taxpayers similarly situated often arouse CRA curiosity. Business losses over several years may make the CRA suspect setoffs to other income. Participation in tax shelter programs like donation schemes is a matter for CRA scrutiny. Deduction of more than 15 per cent of income for home office expenses signals a case for an audit. Tax Audit Help Toronto advises taxpayers in any of these situations to be especially careful in keeping records and receipts for expenditures.

Tax 911 Now advises small business owners to have all returns filed on time and all documents ready and to be prepared for any audit. Records should detail all income and every expense. Although the CRA audits fewer than 5% of small business proprietors, it is important to keep complete records over seven years

The CRA’s interest in whether the self-employed report their full incomes is constant. The CRA also watches for discrepancies in incomes reported from sole proprietorships and partnerships. It is required that everything earned must be reported. Tax Audit Help Toronto advises small business owners to be consistent with record keeping.

A small business with lots of cash sales should record all of them and should file appropriate forms for all business areas on time. Claims for deductible expenses must relate to the business. By following these suggestions from the expert in tax audit help services in Toronto, taxpayers should be able to reduce the chance of CRA audits or handle them easily when there is one.