The Canada Revenue Agency diligently investigates the average taxpayer, but they give up too easily when it comes to pursuing the wealthy who sock money away in offshore accounts, especially when the latter hire tax lawyers, tax intermediaries allege in a CRA-commissioned survey of attitudes towards the national tax body.
Walker Consulting Group conducted 12 focus groups in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver with individual Canadians, representatives from small and medium enterprises (SMEs), and tax intermediaries. Their comprehensive findings could have a big impact on how CRA does business going forward.
"Intermediaries raised a few significant questions about the integrity of the tax system. Specifically they raised questions about the resources dedicated to those larger players who put money in offshore tax havens, versus smaller players who claim a few too many dollars in charitable donations," said the report.