Take It From A Tax Lawyer: The Canada Revenue Agency Is Broken
Source: The Huffington Post
have been a Canadian tax lawyer for almost 30 years. Being a tax lawyer is not as sexy as being a famous criminal defense lawyer like Brian Greenspan or Marie Heinen. For the most part, I toil in the tax trenches and fight with Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) officials.
I wish I had good news for Canadian taxpayers.
y experience has been that CRA staff are unreasonable. Some tax audits seem like make-work projects or a game of “chicken,” but the problem in many cases comes down to lack of training or plain smug behaviour. Too often, the CRA creates problems rather than solving them.
The issues of inadequate training compounded with ample attitude are worse now than 20 years ago. I was speaking to a colleague who had complained about this to a senior CRA official. His response was that CRA expects tax lawyers and accountants to help train their people.