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CRA Dispute: How to File a Formal Dispute

The CRA dispute process involves filing a formal objection. Find out what you need to do to file with the CRA, resolving disputes with your taxes. Farber Tax Solutions helps with CRA tax dispute resolution and can resolve your CRA tax problems.

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The Process of the CRA Resolving Disputes


If you receive a Notice of Assessment or Notice of Reassessment and you disagree with the information provided by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), you can contact the agency to discuss your situation. If you do not get the information you need or remain unsatisfied with the situation after contacting the agency, then you are able to file a formal CRA dispute letter. This process is officially called filing an objection.

You may make a formal objection (CRA dispute filing) if you disagree with the amount of tax, interest, or penalties that the CRA has assessed or reassessed.

The process of the CRA resolving disputes is that your Notice of Objection is filed with the Chief of Appeals. Once you file, an appeals officer will be assigned to your case. This agent will review the information that you have provided to the CRA as well as the information prepared by the CRA officer who prepared your Notice of Assessment or Notice of Reassessment. The officer may request that you provide additional information or supporting documentation to support your case.


Important Points When Filing a CRA Dispute Letter


If you wish to object to a CRA ruling, there are several factors that you must keep in mind. One of the most important is that there is a deadline to file a formal objection. To file a CRA dispute, you must do so within 90 days of the date on the Notice of Assessment or Reassessment. If you miss this deadline, you may apply for an extension. However, if you do, you must detail why you did not file your objection on time and explain that you did file as soon as you were able. You must also state the reasons for your objection at this time. You have one year after the initial objection deadline to apply for an extension.

When you complete your CRA dispute letter and file an official objection, it is important that you clearly state which issues you are disputing, what relief is being sought, and why the CRA should consider your issue. Providing evidence to support your case is important. It is in your best interest to supply copies of invoices, receipts, and any other documents that support your claims.

It’s also important to file your CRA dispute in an organized manner. The easier it is for the CRA to explain your situation and understand your viewpoint, the greater the likelihood of success.


Getting Professional Help with a CRA Dispute


The CRA can be very difficult to deal with and communicate with, especially in the case of a dispute or objection. You will need to make a clear case as to why your Notice of Assessment or Reassessment was incorrect and prove that your claims are accurate. Correctly doing this involves having a detailed understanding of tax law and CRA processes. To give yourself the best chance of success, it is a very good idea to work with a professional.

The experienced professionals at Farber Tax Solutions has extensive experience with the CRA resolving disputes. Our team is made up of accounting, legal, and ex-CRA professionals who have years of experience at communicating and negotiating with the CRA as well as CRA dispute resolution.

Having a professional on your side becomes even more important if your case with the CRA Appeals Division results in appeals in court (such as the Tax Court of Canada, the Federal Court of Appeal, or the Supreme Court of Canada). In these cases, it’s absolutely critical to work with a professional. Contact the team at Farber Tax Solutions today for more information on how we can help

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.