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Tax season starts tomorrow! Hope you guys are ready. https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/news/2018/02/the_canada_revenueagencyislaunchingthe2018taxfilingseason.html The 2018 tax filing season will run from Feb 26, 2018 - April 30, 2018. The CRA will have extended hours with regards tax enquiries. Some of the new things this year: if you get an invite, you may be able to do your taxes over the phone (that's a wow, even for me) a nurse practitioner can now certify a DTC (Disability Tax Credit) certificate Some changes on tax credits and amounts: As of January 1, 2017, the federal education and textbook credits were eliminated. As of January 1, 2017, the children’s arts tax credit and children’s fitness tax credit were eliminated. As of July 1, 2017, the public transit tax credit was eliminated. What's new - https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/news/newsroom/tax-tips/tax-filing-season-media-kit/tfsmk1.html
We were just potential victims of a scam. We got a message from officer David Jones who is a federal agent investigating tax fraud. We have been named as fraudsters, and must phone him back. If he does not hear from us by the end of the day, RCMP will be called in. My heart stopped. i listened to the message many times. Then my brain kicked in: 1. With a name like David Jones, why did he not have a Canadian or English type accent. he had a weird accent. So I called the CRA's public number - not the one given to me on the voice message. The CRA confirmed it was a scam. The guy stressed THE FOLLOWING: 1. THE CRA NEVER PHONES YOU. If there is an investigation against you, they will send a letter. If the investigation is so severe, they will send either the RCMP or your local police to your house. THEY WILL NEVER CALL YOU 2. THE CRA WILL NEVER GIVE YOU A NUMBER TO CALL. If you are asked to call them, again through a letter, they will give you a toll free number or a public number 3. NEVER EVER GIVE OUT PERSONAL DETAILS TO THE CRA. EVER. When you call the CRA, the person will provide you with your SIN, address etc as security questions. Your personal information is never an answer to a security question. 4. CRA DOES NOT INVESTIGATE FRAUD. This is done by the RCMP or local police Thankfully the logic prevailed over the panic, and nothing happened. The CRA asked us to give all the details we had to the York Region Police. The officer said that the phone number we were given is one of those spoofed by fraudsters. This is what happened when the police are called during those "swatting" scams. Very scary. But if this ever happens to you, DO NOT CALL BACK. Contact the CRA or police through the publicly issued numbers, and not those provided by the phone call.