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“Information available for a notice of objection..”
Whenever a taxpayer or his/her representative is dealing with the CRA at the objection stage, it is important to understand what information is available to you. An objection can be filed only after an audit has been completed and an assessment or reassessment has been issued. The objection must be filed within 90 days of the date of the assessment or reassessment.
According to CRA, the kind of information that is available is as follows:
The kind of information that is not available to a taxpayer according to CRA is as follows:
As you can see from the above list, there is a significant amount of information that is available to a taxpayer every time they file a Notice of Objection. It would be of significant benefit any time an objection is filed, to obtain the information relating to how the auditor made his/her determination. This will often provide the taxpayer with a starting point as to which arguments need to be dealt with so as to prove his/her case.
In some cases, the taxpayer simply needs to ask the auditor for the information. In other cases, the taxpayer may need to file under the Freedom of Information Act to obtain some of the information. If an application is made under the Freedom of Information Act, the information officer will determine if there is any reason why that information should not be given. In most cases, there should not be a problem. However, there could be issues when other taxpayers are involved. A careful analysis should be done on a case-by-case situation.
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