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A version of this information originally appeared on the Canada Revenue Agency website
Taxpayers should be vigilant when they are contacted by an organization, either by telephone, mail, text message or email, that claims to be from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) requesting personal information such as a social insurance number, credit card number, bank account number, or passport number. These are scams and taxpayers should never respond to these fraudulent communications or click on any of the links provided.
If you fall for a tax scam or fraud, you risk your financial security and your identity. Also, you may not be meeting your obligations under Canada’s tax laws. The consequences of your actions could range from embarrassment, to inconvenience, to serious legal trouble.
Keep these facts in mind
Even though scams may sound compelling and convincing, they are scams. In addition to high fees you may be asked to pay, frauds and scams are not legal and can cause serious tax consequences for you. If you make false claims on a return, the CRA can reassess it to determine correct amounts and you will have to pay interest on outstanding amounts. Also, you may be charged penalties and be prosecuted for tax evasion. For information about security of taxpayer information and other examples of fraudulent communications, go to www.cra.gc.ca/security.
To learn more about protecting yourself from fraud, contact Greg Draper, Vice President, Forensics, Valuation and Litigation Support, at 403.537.7679 or [email protected]
Related Topics:Fraud; Canada Revenue Agency
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