Yes, taxpayers have rights!

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Yes, taxpayers have rights!
Yes, as taxpayers, we have rights! And it is always good to know what our rights are especially as we get into the thick of things during the tax season.

Taxpayer rights are all described and defined in the Taxpayer Bill of Rights – all 16 of them. The Taxpayer bill of rights describes the treatment you are entitled to when you deal with the CRA. Here are your rights as a taxpayer:
1. You have the right to receive entitlements and to pay no more and no less than what is required by law
2. You have the right to service in both official languages
3. You have the right to privacy and confidentiality
4. You have the right to a formal review and a subsequent appeal
5. You have the right to be treated professionally, courteously, and fairly
6. You have the right to complete, accurate, clear, and timely information
7. You have the right, unless otherwise provided by law, not to pay income tax amounts in dispute before you have had an impartial review
8. You have the right to have the law applied consistently
9. You have the right to lodge a service complaint and to be provided with an explanation of our findings
10. You have the right to have the costs of compliance taken into account when administering tax legislation
11. You have the right to expect us to be accountable
12. You have the right to relief from penalties and interest under tax legislation because of extraordinary circumstances
13. You have the right to expect us to publish our service standards and report annually
14. You have the right to expect us to warn you about questionable tax schemes in a timely manner
15. You have the right to be represented by a person of your choice
16. You have the right to lodge a service complaint or request a formal review without fear of reprisal
If you would like help in dealing with the CRA, please do not hesitate to contact us! Our Senior Tax & Accounting Manager who has worked in the CRA for 15 years has helped many individuals and small business owners with their CRA issues.

Source: www.cra.gc.ca
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