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If you have authorized a business representative such as an accountant, bookkeeper or tax professional to act on your behalf with the CRA, there are some important things you have to keep in mind. 1. You should remember that business authorizations do not expire automatically. You will need to specify an expiry date if needed. If you do not set an expiry date, your authorizations will remain valid. So ensure that you set an expiry date of authorization if you need to. 2. As mentioned above, authorizations for business representatives do not have an expiry unless an expiry date is set....
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If you have concerns about your taxes DO NOT CALL the CRA.  The CRA don’t give tax advice, and will not try to give you alternatives.  If you call the CRA you will get an off the cuff answer from an inexperienced person that does not understand your specific situation. If you have questions about what your accountant is telling you ask them for clarification.  If you don’t like the answer or don’t feel you are getting taken seriously ask another accountant.  Most accountants are happy to take on new business and will do an initial consultation for FREE!! Tell your...
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Canada’s accounting profession with more than 190,000 members is now represented by a single national body – Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada). The Certified General Accountants Association of Canada joined CPA Canada recently, therefore, completing the integration to a single national body under CPA Canada. CPA Canada was established last year by the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CICA) and the Society of Management Accountants of Canada (CMA Canada). In a recent news release, the CRA mentioned the integration of the Canadian accounting profession under CPA Canada. CRA highlights the importance of collaborating with the tax professional community in...
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 I regularly get phone calls that start off “my refund is less than you said it would be”, or “The CRA says my balance owing is higher than you told me it would be”. This is immediately followed up by “why?”, or, “What did you do wrong?” Not to brag, but I am really smart. That said, I am NOT psychic, and I am not a mind reader. I need to see the Notice of Assessment (NOA) or Reassessment Notice that the CRA sent or is sending you. It would also be nice to get the benefit of the doubt until...
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