If you’ve been served notice of a CRA tax audit, you know that your tax situation has taken a serious turn.

If your taxes have been prepared truthfully and accurately, you should view the situation as a mere formality. While some tax audits are triggered by risk-assessment, others truly can be random and do not necessarily reflect a larger problem. However, regardless of how you reached this point, you need professional CRA tax audit defense from a qualified accounting firm that specializes in independent contractors.

Our CA4IT member firms are passionate about protecting and educating our clients, so we want you to know your rights from the very beginning of your audit. According to the CRA, here are some of the applicable rights to which you are entitled:

  • You have the right to privacy and confidentiality.
  • You have the right to a formal review and a subsequent appeal
  • You have the right to be treated professionally, courteously, and fairly
  • You have the right to complete, accurate, clear, and timely information
  • You have the right, unless otherwise provided by law, not to pay income tax amounts in dispute before you have had an impartial review
  • You have the right to lodge a service complaint and to be provided with an explanation of their findings
  • You have the right to relief from penalties and interest under tax legislation because of extraordinary circumstances
  • You have the right to be represented by a person of your choice
  • You have the right to lodge a service complaint or request a formal review without fear of reprisal

These rights help protect you throughout the audit process, and we encourage you to contact us so that you’ll know exactly what to expect during an audit, and get the help you need. We know an audit can be a stressful process, which is why you want an advocate who is on your side. Remember that we can help get you through this, and provide future tax planning that further minimizes the chances that it will ever happen again.