Never find yourself on the wrong side of a CRA deadline again! (Unless you lose your phone.)

In consultation with small and medium-sized businesses, CRA has introduced a convenient new Business Tax Reminders mobile app for Apple iOS, Google Android and BlackBerry mobile platforms.

The app allows you to set up custom calendar or pop-up reminders for filing returns and making instalment or remittance payments for your corporate, GST/HST, payroll, partnership and personal tax accounts.

For more information, download links and step-by-step set-up instructions, please visit http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/esrvc-srvce/mblpp/menu-eng.html.

If It Seems Too Good To Be True…

Several of our clients have received emails purporting to be from Canada Revenue Agency notifying them that they have been sent an INTERAC e-Transfer of money. The email asks them to click on a link which looks like it is connected to CRA’s website in order to deposit the money. THIS IS A SCAM.

Canada Revenue Agency has posted the following notice on their web site:

The CRA has recently become aware of a new scam involving email money transfers. Canadians are reminded that the CRA will only send payments by direct deposit or by cheque, never by email money transfer.

More information on common scams and tips for how to identify them can be found on CRA’s site at http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/ntcs/bwr-eng.html.

Bewildered by Bureaucratic Bafflegab?

According to a recent CBC article1,Canada Revenue Agency will be gradually retooling their correspondence after a study found that their “tax notices are so confusing, recipients are often not sure whether they owe money.”

Communications were described as “poorly organized, confusing, unprofessional, unduly severe, bureaucratic, one-sided and just plain dense.” As a result, CRA is flooded with unnecessary phone calls and letters each year from taxpayers requiring clarification or taxpayers who have had their benefits cut off without cause because they failed to understand a request for information.

Next year, CRA plans to solicit feedback from Canadians on how they can improve their communications with them and will engage a third-party consultant to rewrite the templates for common correspondence.

1. Dean Beeby, CBC News. “Revenue Canada’s letters full of gobbledegook, internal report finds.” Accessed October 31, 2014. http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/revenue-canada-s-letters-full-of-gobbledegook-internal-report-finds-1.2814181.

The Inaugural Blog Post

It’s taken us a while, but we’ve finally discovered blogging!

We hope to post at least weekly to keep you informed on tax, accounting and PEL-related matters.

Stay tuned!