The Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue, today issued the following statement in response to the report entitled: “Compliance Activities-Canada Revenue Agency” in the 2018 Fall Reports of the Auditor General of Canada.
Canada is committed to combatting offshore tax evasion and aggressive tax avoidance. Strong international partnerships are key to success. Thanks to historic investments in the last three federal Budgets, better tools and approaches in our compliance activities are helping us get more data, allowing us to better identify tax evasion and aggressive tax avoidance.
This week, Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) officials participated in a five-nation challenge to optimize international coordination against tax evasion. The challenge was hosted by the Fiscal Information and Investigation Service (FIOD) in Amsterdam to identify, develop, and test tools, platforms, techniques, and methods that contribute to the mission of the Joint Chiefs of Global Tax Enforcement, also known as the J5.
The CRA and Tax-filer Empowerment Canada (TFEC), an association of Canada’s leading tax preparation and software firms, have signed a joint digital service improvement plan to improve services for Canadians.