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Taxpayer Relief

What you need to know about Taxpayer Relief.

Sometimes life presents us with challenging circumstances that can get in the way of our tax obligations and may seem impossible to pay off due to high interest rates and penalties imposed by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

The good news is the CRA can grant relief based on fairness in instances where extraordinary circumstances led to some aspect of non-compliance.

Commonly known as the Taxpayer Relief Program, the CRA has discretionary power in two critical areas, specifically, canceling penalties and interest, in addition to issuing refunds for tax returns that are more than three years past due the normal assessment period.

Requesting Taxpayer Relief may appear on the surface to be a simple and straightforward process. However, the reality is quite the opposite. It is often difficult and time-consuming for taxpayers to navigate this deceptively complex process. It is challenging to persuade the CRA to act favorably and secure a successful result and that is where the experienced professionals at Farber Tax Solutions can help.

Our team consists of James Bell, a former Senior CRA Manager, with over 22 years of CRA experience, and Beitel Tax Law, a law firm with which we have a close affiliation.

How we help with Taxpayer Relief

  • It all starts with a FREE CONSULTATION to understand your unique tax disputes.
  • When you partner with us, be confident in knowing that Farber Tax Law has the skills and experience necessary to prepare a highly compelling Taxpayer Relief request on your behalf, which in turn will provide you with the best chance to succeed.
  • We focus on eliminating penalties/interest.
  • We can also request that the CRA provide an allowance for late refunds and adjustments using the Taxpayer Relief Program.
  • We provide you with first-hand knowledge of how the CRA works and thinks, through our ex-CRA Advisors*, which is a distinct and unique benefit you’ll get, ensuring your rights are fully protected and that we provide you the best possible outcome.
  • You are our priority and effectively resolving your tax dispute is what we do best.

Excellent service

Took the stress away from me having to deal with the CRA direct. They understand what can be done or not!!! Worth spending money to achieve a comfortable outcome.
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Learn more about Taxpayer Relief

Did you know that there are three identified situations where Taxpayer Relief will be granted.

They can be defined as ‘extraordinary circumstances’, ‘CRA errors’, and ‘financial hardship’.

There is a deadline to submit a Taxpayer Relief request.

Tax relief requests regarding penalties, interests and refunds can be for a period of time dating back to a maximum of 10 years.

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