The CRA tax problem will arise when you have not paid the tax amount outstanding in your name by the tax return filing deadline. The problem will still raise its head when the CRA does not agree with the income or the deductions that you have reported in your returns.
Many people are not sure how to handle a Collections Officer from CRA who gives them a call before coming to their home or their office. Before you get a Notice of Assessment from the CRA, it is advisable to be proactive and prepared and seek professional help from specialized tax consultants. When you seek professional tax consultant’s help, there is no question of letting the Collections Officer into the home or the office as the Officer will be taken care of by your legal tax representative. While seeking professional help for the CRA tax problem, you have to keep in mind that the Collections Officer does not have the authority to forgive or pardon any tax debt amount of yours. The task of the Collections Officer is to collect the entire tax amount owed by you.
It is a mistake when you want to tackle the CRA tax problem all by yourself. Collection officers could be very aggressive and their main aim is to collect the full tax amounts as fast as possible. They are backed with full collection powers and the taxpayers are not fully aware of their rights are when it comes to collection and enforcement of taxes.
When you receive a Notice of Assessment or any communication from the CRA concerning your tax debt, you need to hire the services of tax consultants as soon as possible. These consultants have the necessary experience in handling the CRA collections and have been solving CRA tax problem for many years. They may well be in a position to challenge the Notice of Assessment that have been sent by the CRA to you. They may counter that by filing a Notice of Objection. They will also be adept at arranging or negotiating a payment arrangement or a plan that may be acceptable both to you and the CRA.
When such negotiations are carried out in the early stages of the CRA tax problem, enforcement actions could well be avoided and you will be saved from the embarrassment of seizure of your bank accounts or your wage garnishments. Even if your wages have been garnished or your bank account has already been seized, you can still take care of the CRA tax problem through your tax consultants who can work out a satisfactory schedule of payment to the CRA. When the CRA accepts it, the garnishment of your wages will be lifted and the freeze on your bank account will be released.
When a payment negotiation plan is accepted by the CRA, your tax consultants may also advise you in connection with the consideration of a taxpayer relief or fairness application in case of qualification as a result of extra ordinary circumstances or financial hardship that may have affected your inability to file your tax returns in the first place.