Objections & Disputes
Farber Tax Solutions can help you fight a CRA assessment by filing a Notice of Objection and taking care of the whole dispute process.
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Notice of Objection
The CRA doesn’t always get it right. When disagreements arise, taxpayers can dispute a (re)assessment of tax, interest, or penalty by the CRA by filing a formal appeal, called a Notice of Objection, to the Appeals Division of the CRA.
What is the CRA Appeals Division?
The Appeals Division provides taxpayers with an impartial review of the CRA’s administrative decisions and is often the best chance to resolve an issue.
How Do I Win a Tax Dispute?
The advice and assistance of experienced professionals is a crucial advantage that taxpayers should leverage to improve their chances of success. Winning a tax dispute hinges on the taxpayer’s ability to convincingly disprove assertions and assumptions made by CRA, and providing proof that adjustments in the favour of the taxpayer are merited.
Filing the Notice of Objection itself may be a simple task. However, in the months following the initial submission, the CRA will ask for additional information and documentation from the taxpayer and conduct a comprehensive review of the issues at stake. Due to the length and complexity of the process, many taxpayers find it difficult and cumbersome to manage alone.
How Long Does It Take to Resolve a Tax Dispute?
The time required to resolve an appeal varies from file to file, but the majority of tax disputes are resolved in nine to twelve months.
How Long Do I Have to File a Notice of Objection?
It is important to note that a Notice of Objection must be filed within 90 days of the date of the (re)assessment and must list and describe each issue requiring a decision, the relief being sought, and reasons for which the CRA should allow the changes being requested. If the 90-day window has passed, taxpayers can request an extension of time to allow the objection to be filed, although this is a much more involved process.
Pausing Collections Action
Under certain circumstances, disputing a (re)assessment can also pause CRA collection action for the duration of the dispute, allowing taxpayers significant reprieve. However, interest continues to accumulate on the account while the appeal is underway. At the conclusion of the appeals process, interest applies retroactively on amounts that are still outstanding after the assessments are adjusted. If the appeal is denied, this means that interest will be charged on the full amounts that were in question.
How We Help
Disputing with the CRA is complex and time-consuming and can be difficult for the taxpayers. We help our clients draft and submit Notice(s) of Objection, prepare additional submissions to the CRA to substantiate their claims, and communicate with the CRA on their behalf until a decision is rendered.
Working with our team gives our clients the best chance of success. Our firm has successfully used Notices of Objection to contest various administrative decisions of the CRA including audits, previous objections (where permitted), arbitrary assessments, denied applications and more.
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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, lawyers, and experienced accountants.
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