Report a lead on suspected tax or benefit cheating in Canada – What you need to know

From: Canada Revenue Agency

2. What you need to know

Different types of cheating you can report:

  • not declaring all income
  • creating false expenses or tax deductions
  • taking cash “under the table”
  • not filing tax returns when required
  • setting up a fake business to claim losses and reduce taxes
  • businesses not remitting proper source deductions
  • falsely claiming tax benefits or credits
  • creating false or deceptive documents or records
  • charities making profits from non-charitable activities
  • individuals receiving the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) who do not meet the eligibility criteria
  • individuals receiving the Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) who do not meet the eligibility criteria
  • businesses or charities that are misusing the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)

Privacy

You will remain anonymous

When you report suspected tax or benefit cheating (by submitting a lead), you will not be asked to disclose personal information about yourself. The protection of personal information is important, and the CRA is committed to protecting your identity. This means that the CRA will do all it can, under the law, to protect your identity along with any information that suggests you submitted a lead. Accordingly, if asked to disclose that information under a formal Access to Information Act request or Privacy Act request, the CRA will claim an exemption from such disclosure under subparagraphs 16(1)(c)(ii) of the Access to Information Act and 22(1)(b)(ii) of the Privacy Act.

CRA's use of information and documents

The information you provide is collected under the authority of federal tax and benefit laws, and it is protected under the confidentiality provisions of those laws, as well as by privacy laws that impose strict limits on what the CRA can disclose. The CRA may use the information you provide to make sure taxpayers meet their tax obligations and that claimants are entitled to benefits.

Process

When the CRA receives a lead (it must be in English or French), it will take these steps:

  • verify the identity of the suspected cheat
  • review the lead to determine if cheating occurred
  • take the appropriate action to address the specific type of cheating
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