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THE REAL TRUTH

CORRUPTION
WITHIN THE CRA

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is an arm of the Canadian Federal Government. It has been made responsible by Federal and Provincial governments for the collection of the nation’s taxes. Whilst it is part of the Federal government, it acts for Provinces, such as Ontario, but is merely acting as an Agent on their behalf. This has been particularly so with the combination of the Goods and Services Tax and the Provincial Sales Tax which is currently set at a rate of 13% in Ontario. Only 5% of this is Federal taxation with the remaining 8% collected on behalf of the government of Ontario.

The general purpose of the CRA is enshrined in various acts of legislation including the Excise Tax Act and the Income Tax Act, both of which are laws enacted by the Federal government of Canada. Ultimately the CRA reports to the Minister of National Revenue, Ms. Kerry-Lynne Findlay, a federal Conservative MP from British Columbia. Ms. Findlay is, by training, a lawyer and was appointed by the Steven Harper government in July 2013 (17 months ago). No doubt Ms. Findlay relies very heavily on the unelected officials at the CRA who are presumed to be responsible civil servants that ensure that the legislation, passed by both the Federal and Provincial parliaments for whom they collect the taxes, is complied with.

The role of CRA is to enforce the will of parliament and they are intended to act on behalf of the people of Canada. However the agency appears to have no real oversight and seems to behave as it feels when enforcing legislation. In other words, CRA simply does as it wants and thinks of itself as being above the law as you will read.

There can be no doubt that in our parliamentary system governments are elected and serve for a period of time, but the day to day operation of our Province and the Country, as a whole is entrusted to the many civil servants throughout Canada.

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CRA is probably the most powerful government agency of them all, including the Canadian Armed Forces, which might be surprising to many people. However, CRA officials have interpreted our government’s laws in a way that suits them and they can be as malicious, petty, vindictive, cruel and corrupt as they want because there are no checks and balances within our system. CRA are able to intrude into anyone’s affairs at will and with their powers they can make assessments of whatever amounts they feel like against any citizen, business or corporation.

With CRA, you are GUILTY UNTIL PROVEN INNOCENT, not the other way around – innocent until proven guilty which is the basis of our CANADIAN criminal law.

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CRA can destroy jobs; destroy businesses, bankrupt individuals and Corporations at a whim. They can do this by using legislation intended to ensure fair collection of taxes and CRA turn the system upside-down by coercion, threats, and large scale bullying  (which this current Government is trying to stop against children and adults in schools, workplaces, on the internet, etc.) whenever they feel the urge.  CRA, as you will read, is in some cases completely out of control and they are abusing their powers in such an incredible way that they themselves are becoming the criminals whilst they pursue innocent people and businesses.

It sounds like a Hollywood story, but in fact it is the truth.

It sounds like a third world country, not a prosperous democratic nation like Canada, but as you read the story, you will begin to wonder.

CRA in some instances are as ruthless and deliberately malicious as some of the characters you might expect to find in “The Godfather” movie. Some movies and TV productions are obviously based on fact, which good stories generally are, and just because we are Canadians we should never interpret this to mean that this country does not have its own considerable amount of CORRUPTION.

This is not to say that every CRA employee is as described above. Some of them have been quite helpful as they do appreciate that their own system is broken and needs to be fixed. The only people that can do this are those in power in Ottawa and in fact, our story may in the end prove to be more alarming than all the Senate expenses scandal put together. In fact, the alleged abuses by Mike Duffy & Co. don’t amount to much more than $500,000 which is not much more than 10 weeks of the alleged criminal behavior that CRA have accused us of.... stealing around $45,000 a week in cash. CRA can allege this, and have done so, and are putting people out of work through these actions. They neither care nor worry about Canadian citizens who are probably a part of the 99%-ers that actually create jobs and maintain the domestic economy of this country.

We are told that small business is the engine of the economy by Governments of all stripes, but does anybody really care about their well-being?  The short answer is no, particularly in our case as you will read.

It will be hard for the reader to get their minds around the tactics of CRA and frankly, we are as stunned as anyone. CRA can reach into anybody’s life and destroy it, merely because they have the power. Yes, you can hire lawyers, but at $500 hour, who but the very rich can afford them? Yes, you can appeal to your MPP or your MP, but do they really understand or care? Alternatively, you can do what we are doing and fight back as hard as you can, as the only other alternative is to commit suicide.

CRA doesn’t care about your mental health, your heart condition or hardly anything except their own goals. IT IS TIME THAT SOMEONE IN THE FEDERAL and PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENTS took control of the situation and reined in the CRA.
CRA employees are servants of the people, not the other way around. Some of these civil servants are neither CIVIL nor do they provide SERVICE.

To explain the situation in a few words is difficult, but the essence of it all is that you are not allowed to question CRA and they are not obliged to answer if you do. CRA regularly and, as a matter of course, ignore letters from tax payers and/or the highly paid tax lawyers if you can afford to hire them. This is ignorant to say the least. Arrogant might be a better word.

You are allowed to appeal their rulings, if you get to it in time, but after 90 days that right is lost and you are sentenced to whatever penalty CRA prescribes. If you appeal it, they will tell you that it is a minimum of 18 months before they will look at your file. In the meantime, especially if they have assessed HST or source deductions, they can enforce THEIR RULINGS WITHOUT NOTICE. In this case, they can, in effect, be the judge, the jury and the executioner. This in itself is outrageous and surely not what any government would intend.

Why have we used the term corruption? It is because the CRA in Belleville, Ontario TSO are behaving as a corrupt organization which easily fits into the dictionary definitions below:

DICTIONARY DEFINITIONS OF CORRUPTION:

Dishonest behavior by those in positions of power, such as managers or government officials. Corruption can include giving or accepting bribes or inappropriate gifts, double dealing, under-the-table transactions, manipulating elections, diverting funds, laundering money and defrauding investors.

Dishonest or fraudulent conduct by those in power.
 (Oxford Dictionary)

Wrongdoing on the part of an Authority or powerful party through means that are illegitimate, immoral or incompatible with ethical standards.(Businessdictionary.com)

Generally speaking as “the abuse of entrusted power for private gain”. Corruption can be classified as grand, petty and political, depending on the amounts of money lost and the sector where it occurs.

Lack of integrity or honesty (especially susceptibility to bribery); use of a position of trust for dishonest gain.

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Last Updated ( Jan 22, 2015 at 04:48 PM )