I have been preparing tax returns over the last 37 years, and have watched the tax system evolve during these years. My opinion, is that our tax system has changed ‘little’. It is still quite labour intensive to prepare a return, and still quite complicated in regards to what it actually can be. I have come to the conclusion that our governments are very nervous about simplifying the tax system, even though it would make a lot of “common’ sense to do so. I believe that many taxpayers are paying too much income taxes simply because they are not up-to-date on the multitude of yearly changes to the act, and simply do not use all of the available credits and deductions available to them in their particular situation. Tax accountants are more and more crucial today to prepare tax returns to ensure that taxpayers only pay their fair share of taxes by using all available tax deductions and credits.
Thank God for today’s tax preparation software. If not for that, I am positive that a lot less tax returns would be filed every year.
By Gaetan Ladouceur on December 30, 2019
The current poverty rate of $20K does not jive with Canadians that know what is going on with the government. Canadians are very intelligent. So $20K is way below the poverty rate. I would say that a reasonable level of poverty should be set by the government - let’s say at $50K for a single person. So stick that in your pipe and smoke it.
By Patricia Muscat on December 30, 2019
There are far too many Seniors living in poverty because the government is not paying us the raises that reflect the Cost of Living. If the economy is raised by 5.7%, then Seniors should get a 5.7% increase. Not 1% every quarter, which is 4%. Rent goes up every year, so does food and other essentials. I am not making it from direct deposit to direct deposit every month. My rent is more than half of my combined CCP and OAS.
CRA is making life more difficult for everyone. We used to get reviews regarding Line 256 for the German allowable pension deduction. We sent the German tax Assessment ” “ab steuerfreier Teil der Rente” we translated as tax free pension portion Line 256 underline the amount and were accepted.
Now the are being denied and line 256 is assessed at $0.00 because they always now want an official Certified Copy of the German Tax Assessment. Resulting in more work plus additional translation costs for us CRA has to reassess their reassessment. That line and translation is the same and one would think if CRA has one official translation of that line they could train their staff and wouldn’t need hundreds of more official translations from taxpayers. This is pure harassment and a waste of time & money for everyone involved!
By SMerten on December 19, 2019
why when we choose view results we cant see them
By waynr on December 18, 2019
This a one-sided incomplete question. For example, if we use taxes to fund a universal pharmacare program which would cost taxpayers about 1/2 what we already pay, saving 50% would be a good thing wouldn’t it?
By Malcolm Palmer on December 18, 2019
Harper’s changes were positive, especially income splitting. It is a shame Trudeau cancelled most of them. But at least we still have pension income splitting. I thought the regular income splitting was positive too, why should a family pay more tax just because their income was unequally earned? I had very few clients who got the full 2000, most had run out of children under 18. The ones who benefited most were people having their first baby, so facing a sudden drop in income just when expenses increased. One client with only 33,000 odd in income got over 1000 from splitting, his girlfriend had been self employed before their baby came so no EI benefits.
By Virginia on December 18, 2019
By Dmitry on December 18, 2019
With very little increase in ccp or oas,how is a low income retiree going to servive,wit increase’s coming from everywhere.
By Bradley Samson on December 16, 2019
This is more than 150 seconds after the last post. I am sure you have read the proposed changes to the Basic Personal Allowance. It’s typical governmental smoke and mirrors. The BPA has always been increased yearly in step with inflation, so they aren’t doing us any favours there. Then they have this restriction where people with incomes over a certain level (not that high, these days) will not benefit from the imputed increase and the CRA will use the new scam to claw back more taxes from those who earn the money. That’s evolution, Liberal style.
By Mitzi-Lynne on December 11, 2019
My previous post was on December 4, 2019, yet my comment today was kicked out because you may only post a comment every 150 seconds. What planet are you on, where December 4 to December 11 is less than 150seconds?
After I submitted my first comment, I thought of a most unwelcome “evolution” that we can do without. Those of us who have to try and speak to an agent will notice that a large proportion of those agents seem to have accents that originate in the Indian sub-continent, with some also in the Philippines. There are also many phone calls from people running scams and oddly enough they all have that same accent, or one from the Philippines. Even that is not the problem, which is that the callers have information about the person they are calling that is far too accurate to be pure guesswork. It has occurred to me in moments of deep suspicion that maybe some of those accented people were passing on information to the telephone scam call centres in Mumbai, or New Delhi or Manila. The information is just too good. I am sure I am wrong and that the integrity of the CRA workers is 100% unquestionable and that Mrs. Le Bouthillier would have such a matter well in hand anyway. But it does lead one to think, does it not? It’s a very unwelcome evolution and improvement to the system, but if you let the fox into the henhouse…..
Years ago it was reported that CRA was going to simplify the system. LOL. Well it has evolved the opposite. It is far more complicated than before. We are buried in Bureaucracy, rules and forms as well as agencies that do not know what the other is doing. You phone Cra for an answer to a question, and you discuss it with them and you know there answer is wrong so you talk to a supervisor and find out that you answer was correct,and there employee is wrong. This has happened way too many times. The wait on the phone is longer and longer to get through so why even bother. I have had my office manager quit as she was so frustrated with CRA and their incompetence. I am thinking of closing my doors as well. The stress/frustration is too great. Amendments are processes incorrectly, numerous times and takes many months to get corrected and I have lost customers from this. I sound angry and frustrated so I am for a complete reform.
By Robin on December 11, 2019
The system is seriously corrupt. There needs to be a complete overhaul and I feel that each province should have it own office with trained professionals not this patchwork system that’s in place right now.
By Liza Wiley on December 11, 2019
Seniors are struggling! We have done the work in the past and are forgotten in the future. Raise our pensions!
By RonaldAdam on December 09, 2019
Access to individuals accounts in My Acoounts is for me the main improvement in empowering the tax system. Easier to change passwords like with usual IDs.
By Denzil FEINBERG on December 05, 2019
It’s harder to understand, basics keep changing - new deductions often only last one year, much slower service, tons of Reps who don’t know answers & act like they’re giving correct info. It’s extremely frustrating. Meanwhile, clients who have no knowledge think they are on the right track and end up waiting months for income like Child credits or GIS, that they need to survive!
By Val on December 04, 2019
No, the evolution of the tax system is negative, particularly over the past four years. My view aligns well with Robert’s. The political rhetoric about helping families, students, and the middle class were not sincere. In fact, cutting various nonrefundable tax credits for kids and students result in increase taxation. This favors CRA than families who complained of having to pay more taxes.
By Trevor Hitchman on December 04, 2019
Since the tax laws change yearly on the sometimes whims of whomever is in power at the time, they do little to inspire confidence. The easiest way for a government to bring in their programs is to add additional taxes and such. This requires little in the way of thought and makes the tax system much more complicated and costly. A thorough review of the whole system is long overdue.
By Robert Litschel on December 04, 2019
Since my involvement with the income tax system (over 40 years) there has been a continued patchwork of changes, additions,new legislation, etc.
This only makes our current system of taxation continue to be very complex and demanding upon those servicing their clients.
CPA Canada has been proposing to CRA for many years that a organized and systematical review of the Income Tax Act is very much required. We hope that at some stage CRA and the Dept of Finance will be open to this.
By Joe TRUSCOTT on December 04, 2019
I did not realize that the tax system was evolving. It seems to me that it has been devolving for four years, and if you call our so-called tax services offices, the everlasting recording tells you that your wait is at least 45 minutes. And so it is, if you are lucky. If you are unlucky, you can be on there for an hour just to try to talk to someone who is not very good with English. I am still waiting for Ms. LeBouthillier’s “improvements to kick in, but it looks like I will have to wait at least another four years. The service, which used to be good, is now practically non-existent, rude, argumentative and not much use. The taxes are just as Draconian as they ever were, but maybe that’s what this government sees as evolution. It is very disappointing, but what can you expect from a bunch of incompetets?
By Mitzi-Lynne Morgan on December 04, 2019
Agree with Robert. The whole system needs an overhaul.
By Kristal on December 04, 2019
By Robert on December 04, 2019