CRA Notice of Appeal: How To Be Successful

The CRA Appeals Form is your opportunity to dispute an unfair CRA ruling. After Submitting a CRA Appeal Form, it is sent to the CRA Appeals Divison which often takes its time with reviewing appeals. The entire process is often long and complicated but having the right representation can make all the difference.

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Notice of Appeal Form-Critical Information

 

If you disagree with a Canada Revenue Agency Notice of Assessment or Notice of Reassessment, you are able to file a CRA appeal form to dispute the CRA’s ruling. However, the first step in disputing a CRA assessment is to file a Notice of Objection.

When you file a Notice of Objection, it is sent to the CRA appeals division. The CRA appeals division will review your situation, including the information that you provided as well as the CRA’s administrative decisions. Going through this process with the CRA appeals division is often your best chance of resolving your dispute. However, the CRA appeals division does not work quickly. The process is often very complex and difficult, and it frequently takes quite a long time for your tax dispute to be resolved. Typically, it takes between nine and twelve months, but the length of the process will vary depending on several factors, including the complexity of your situation. Once the CRA appeals division has made a decision, they will notify you.

If you disagree with the decision made by the CRA appeals division, then you can complete a Notice of Appeal form to indicate that you wish to appeal to the Tax Court of Canada.

 

CRA Appeal Form Time Limits

 

Once you receive the decision from the CRA appeals division, you have 90 days to file a CRA appeal form if you wish to do so. If you miss this deadline, you can apply for an extension of up to one year. However, to receive an extension, you must be able to prove that you intended to file on time but were unable to, that you have reasonable grounds for appealing, and that you applied as soon as you could.

Filing an extension should be done with the assistance of a tax professional. It’s critical that you get this process right and working with an experienced team will improve the chances of your extension is accepted.

 

Appealing in Tax Court

 

If you decide to take your appeal to the Tax Court of Canada, it’s critical that you have legal representation when you do. Working with a tax lawyer gives you the best chance of your appeal being successful. A tax lawyer will help you prepare your case, present documents as evidence to support your claims, and potentially call witnesses on your behalf.

In court, you will be able to present your side under oath and your tax lawyer will argue on your behalf that your position is correct. A Tax Court of Canada judge will then make a decision on the case. If you disagree with this ruling, you are able to continue the appeals process by going to the Federal Court of Appeal and, potentially, the Supreme Court of Canada. The team at Farber Tax Solutions can represent you in every step of the appeals process.

Farber Tax Solutions is a tax dispute resolution firm serving clients across Canada. Our team of ex-CRA professionals, working in affiliation with tax lawyers from Farber Tax Law, provide holistic and high-quality tax advice. We have built our reputation on outstanding client service and are committed to helping you succeed in your tax matter. If you are considering filing a Notice of Appeal form, contact us first. We can help you prepare your case, giving you the best chance of success.

Farber Tax Solutions can help you successfully deal with CRA problems. We utilize the experience of our tax experts to:

  • 1| Offer a comprehensive solution that is focused on achieving the most favourable possible outcome for your tax issue;
  • 2| Communicate with the CRA on your behalf and navigate the entire CRA dispute process; and
  • 3| Offer a complete solution to your tax problems, including ex-CRA professionals and tax lawyers from Farber Tax Law.