It can pay to report international tax cheating

Tax cheaters undermine the integrity and fairness of Canada’s tax system. They deprive our country of important revenues that help fund essential programs and services such as health care, childcare, education and infrastructure.

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What is considered tax cheating?

To learn more about situations that are considered tax cheating visit Report offshore tax cheating – Eligibility. To read examples of submissions received by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) visit Examples of OTIP submissions.

OTIP Results Graphic – Text version

This graphic shows a list of OTIP results as of March 31, 2020.

  • 564 taxpayers identified for audit
  • 180 taxpayer audits have been completed
  • 292 audits of taxpayers in progress
  • 48 contracts
  • $62.2 million identified
  • $37.8 million collected
  • 808 submissions received

Launched in January 2014 as part of the CRA's efforts to combat international tax cheating, the Offshore Tax Informant Program (OTIP) provides an important additional source of information to identify suspected tax cheats.

From the date of the launch to March 31, 2020, the OTIP has received 1,641 calls, 808 written submissions and entered into 48 contracts with informants. When the information provided does not meet the OTIP eligibility criteria, the information may be transferred to other areas of the CRA. Learn more about the process.

As of March 31, 2020, 180 audits of taxpayers resulting in over $62.2 million in additional federal taxes and penalties identified have been completed, based on information that was provided to the CRA.

The OTIP has received submissions from informants all over the world including several Caribbean countries, the Middle East, China, Hong Kong, and the United States. Payments to informants have been made under this program and more are anticipated in the future.

Examples of OTIP submissions

Nicole reports on her ex-spouse

Nicole submitted information to the OTIP that proved her ex-spouse failed to report his foreign assets. With her information, the CRA audited her ex-spouse and expects to collect taxes, interest and penalties. And Nicole is expecting a reward… read Nicole’s story.

Simon reports clients hiding money in a tax haven

Simon provided the CRA with sufficient information to start offshore audits of 25 Canadians… Read Simon’s story.

David and Joanne report offshore tax schemes

Wanting to do the right thing, David and Joanne provided detailed information on two international tax scheme promoters, which may lead to the collection of millions of dollars in unreported tax. Read David and Joanne’s story.

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