The Government of Canada is committed to cracking down on tax evasion and aggressive tax avoidance to ensure a system that is responsive and fair for all Canadians. On March 1, 2018, a revised Voluntary Disclosures Program (VDP) will come into effect to narrow the eligibility criteria to access the Program and to impose additional conditions on applicants, making it more difficult for those who intentionally avoid their tax obligations to benefit from the VDP.
Canadians work hard and expect their Government to do the same to ensure a tax system that is equitable, where everyone pays their fair share. The Canada Revenue Agency’s (CRA) Voluntary Disclosures Program (VDP) is a way for taxpayers to correct errors in their tax affairs. However, this program has been used by certain wealthy individuals and corporations as a way to avoid the consequences of their aggressive tax planning.
On November 23, 2017, the Minister of National Revenue announced that the Disability Advisory Committee is being re-instated. The Committee will be a way for the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) to connect with a wide range of stakeholders and take their views into account as we administer tax measures for people with disabilities.
The Government of Canada recognizes that disabilities can have significant impacts on the daily lives of Canadians and their families. Vulnerable people in our society must be supported, including by ensuring they receive all tax credits and benefits to which they qualify.
The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) announced that Harpreet Kaur Sidhu of Burnaby, British Columbia, pleaded guilty, on December 8, 2017, in the Provincial Court of British Columbia, to one count of tax evasion under the Excise Tax Act.
On Friday, December 8, 2017, the co-chairs, Assistant Commissioner Frank Vermaeten and Dr. Karen Cohen, along with officials from the Canada Revenue Agency will hold a not-for-attribution technical briefing on the Disability Advisory Committee.
On Monday, December 4, 2017, the Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, P.C. M.P., Minister of National Revenue, and Member of Parliament Pierre Breton (Shefford), will announce the expansion of a service to assist small businesses across Canada.
On Monday, December 4, 2017, Kamal Khera, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Revenue, and Member of Parliament Sonia Sidhu (Brampton South), will announce the expansion of a service to assist small businesses across Canada.