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CRA letter writing campaign?

ON January 18, 2011

The Canada Revenue Agency has advised that they are once again conducting a letter writing campaign to Canadians to remind them of their tax obligations that is set to begin in early 2011.  Below is an excerpt from their notice to the Institute of Chartered Accountants of BC.  Should you receive such a letter and have concerns about its contents, please contact me for further discussion.

….This notice is to inform you that the Canada Revenue Agency will be conducting a letter campaign in an effort to provide Canadians with the information they need to understand their tax obligations. The Audit Division in each tax services office will initiate the campaign in early 2011.

Two types of letters will be sent to Canadians across the country. Some will receive a letter providing information about the eligibility criteria for certain deductions they have claimed on their recent income tax returns. Others will receive a letter with the same information; however, it will also inform them that their income tax returns may be selected for audit.

The goal of the campaign is to educate taxpayers about certain claims made and to promote compliance with the Income Tax Act. We are asking individuals to review their income and expense claims related to rental and/or business activities.

We also want to provide taxpayers with the opportunity to amend their income tax returns by completing an adjustment request in cases where the taxpayer may have claimed deductions in error or provided inaccurate information. Requests for adjustments can be made online by accessing My Account and using the change my return option or by mail using Form T1-ADJ, T1 Adjustment Request, which is available on our Web site at

If you or your clients have questions about the letter you received or need help making changes to previously filed or current tax returns, go to or call the Individual income tax enquiries line at 1-800-959-8281….

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