Understanding a demand on third party

When the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has been unable to collect an outstanding debt, they can issue a demand on third party (DTP) once they have obtained a provincial judgement or a certificate from the Federal Court. This allows them to take funds that a third party owes you or holds for you. A third party could include a person or organization such as your employer, your bank or other sources of income.

A DTP instructs the third party to send the money to the CRA instead of to the individual.

A DTP applies to many different types of payments a third party could owe to an individual. This includes but is not limited to:

If you send an amount to the CRA because you received a DTP, the taxpayer cannot pursue you financially. The amount you owe the taxpayer is reduced by the amount you send to the CRA. You may advise the taxpayer if you wish, however the CRA sends a copy of the DTP to the taxpayer.

Since the DTP is a legal document, you are obligated to comply with it. If you fail to deduct or pay the CRA as instructed, you become liable for the amount. The CRA will take action to collect that amount from you if this occurs.

The first page of the DTP will show the total amount owed to the CRA by the individual and either an amount or percentage to deduct from each payment you owe to them. You need to continue to deduct these amounts and send them to the CRA until the total you have sent equals the maximum amount on the DTP.

You must pay the CRA whenever the amounts you owe to an individual are due and the DTP is still in effect.

Employers

The individual is no longer an employee

Mail your payment to the CRA

Validity period

The demand on third party is valid until:

Do not sell assets like houses, cars, jewellery, stocks, bonds, or other assets unless you have instructions to do so from the taxpayer or another person who has the authority to give instructions. The requirement to pay applies to the sale proceeds if the assets are sold and converted into cash while the requirement to pay is in effect.

If you need more information, call the CRA Collection Contact Officer at the telephone number listed on the DTP.

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