Don’t Help the Canada Revenue Agency Take Collection Action
If you owe money to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), you can be sure that the next few months will find you dealing with various attempts to collect. The CRA is quite aggressive when it comes to collecting a tax debt, and waiting for you to pay up just isn’t the name of their game. Don’t make it any easier for them to begin collection action.
If you receive a legitimate communication from the CRA asking for financial information, you may think that providing such would be harmless or may prove favourable when attempting to negotiate a payment plan. For example, if an agent calls and asks where you bank, or who your clients are (if you’re self-employed), you may feel like this is a reasonable request and provide the information.
The same goes for forms they may ask you to fill out. While you might think that completing these forms will result in a fair payment arrangement – they may even allude to such – it typically won’t.
Think those questions are risk-free or safe? Beware. This information will be used for collection action.
What questions lead to enforcement action?
- Where do you bank = frozen bank account
- What is your address = property lien
- Where do your work = wage garnishment
- Who are your clients = garnishment to clients, up to 100%
Aren’t these things the CRA already knows, or can find out on their own? Sometimes yes, sometimes no, but even in the case of things they can find out, why do the legwork for them, thereby making it easier for them to hurt you?
When you can’t pay, but you’ve answered the questions and filled out the forms, the CRA now has all of the information they need to come after you. The CRA isn’t interested in long-term payment plans and they won’t reduce the amount that you owe! Any arrangement will disallow payments to other creditors (loans and credit cards), thereby decimating your credit, as well as other expenses. If money is owed, the CRA wants it, right now.
If the CRA is asking questions and you know that you owe but can’t pay in full, it is time to get professional representation. We strongly recommend that you DO NOT complete these forms or answer any financial/personal questions without first speaking with a financial professional.
At DebtCare, we can help you navigate the dangerous CRA waters.
Get in touch today by calling 1 (888) 890-0888.