CRA-CPA Canada - Framework for an enhanced relationship

Objective

The Framework Agreement establishes a framework for an enhanced relationship between the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada) that will foster closer collaboration to ensure a well-running tax system for Canada.

Partnering/discussion opportunities

A central part of the Framework Agreement will commence with the creation of seven committees, each co-chaired by senior representatives from both the CRA and CPA Canada, to focus on enhancing CRA services.

General business

Service Committee

  • Identify enhancements to existing CRA services and CRA operations
  • Receive input on forms, publications, and programs early in the development cycle
  • Source of continuous feedback on tax administration for CRA

Compliance Committee

  • Source of continuous feedback on the audit process
  • Receive input on how to make it easier for taxpayers to comply
  • Working together to address issues of national interest, such as the underground economy, aggressive tax planning, offshore activities, CPA Canada’s “privilege” request

Tax Administration Committee

  • Identify situations where administrative provisions may be considered to attain tax policy objectives
  • Identify possible solutions to obtain tax policy objectives

Specialty areas

Scientific Research & Experimental Development (SRED) Committee

  • Identify enhancements to existing SRED services and operations
  • Receive input on SRED forms and publications early in the development cycle

Commodity Tax Committee

  • Identify enhancements to existing commodity tax services and operations
  • Receive input on commodity tax forms, publications and programs early in the development cycle
  • Source of continuous feedback on commodity tax administration for CRA

Red Tape Reduction Committee

  • Identify red tape burden for taxpayers and discuss solutions
  • Source of continuous feedback on CRA’s red tape reduction deliverables

Projects

Training Committee

Consideration of:

  • Identify synergies related to training programs offered by both organizations
  • Recognition of CRA experience for CPA Canada professional designation accreditation
  • Addition of tax audit to university curriculums

The Committees are expected to meet at least twice a year.

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