If you don't agree with your tax assessment, here are some steps you can take.
- Call the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). You will find the phone number on your notice of assessment. You will need to address the miscommunication or mistake. Or, provide any further information required to clear things up.
- If you are still not satisfied, you can file a notice of objection. You have to give the reasons for the formal dispute and present the relevant facts and documentation. You may want to consider hiring a tax professional to help you.
- If you disagree with the CRA's ruling on your objection, you can appeal to the Tax Court of Canada. You will likely need a tax professional to help you with this process.
What are my rights?
The Taxpayer Bill of Rights entitles you to be treated with a high degree of accuracy, professionalism, courteousness and fairness. If you are not satisfied with the service you receive, you can complain to the CRA complaints department and ultimately to the Taxpayers' Ombudsman.
Remember: You have the right to a formal and impartial review. If you cannot reach an agreement about a tax matter or penalty, you have the right to file an appeal. Appeals staff will review the information in support of both sides. They will then apply the law and CRA policies to the facts. Content in this section is provided in partnership with the Investor Education Fund, a non-profit organization promoting financial literacy to Canadians. To find out more go to GetSmarterAboutMoney.ca.