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Taxpayer Bill of Rights won't speed up dispute process

Thursday, March 30, 2017 @ 8:00 PM | By Vern Krishna

Canadian taxpayers can be excused for thinking that when the government proclaims a bill of rights that they actually have rights under it. In fact, as many taxpayers discover, they must learn to wait, and then, wait some more.

There are three principal steps for resolving income tax disputes with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). The first is to file a proper and coherent notice of objection. Although the mechanics of this step are fairly simple (identify the taxpayer, the assessment objected to, the years involved,...