OTTAWA, March 19, 2014 /CNW/ - Canada's Taxpayers' Ombudsman, Mr. J.
Paul Dubé, today released a report titled "Donor Beware" in which he
called on the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) to improve communications
related to warning the public about tax shelter donation schemes. He
also recommended that the CRA monitor trends in the structuring of, and
investing in, questionable tax schemes and make such information
available to the public in a timely manner.
Despite the CRA's efforts to stop abusive tax donation schemes and
legislative changes to help it do so, these schemes continue to taint
the charitable sector. Also, while the CRA has warned Canadians of the
consequences of participating in such schemes, it is still seeing
abusive schemes operating to which donors contribute either knowingly
"Many complaints have been received by my office from taxpayers that
were unaware of the tax consequences when they participated in abusive
tax donation schemes," said Dubé. "That means, the CRA needs to improve
overall communications on this issue including raising awareness of the
consequences of participation in such schemes. Ultimately, these
efforts will help prevent innocent individuals from falling victim to
promoters of abusive tax donation schemes."
In his Special Report, Mr. Dubé puts forward a number of recommendations
to address these problems and alleviate their impact on Canadians.
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SOURCE: Office of the Taxpayers' Ombudsman
For further information:
Assistant to J. Paul Dubé, Taxpayers' Ombudsman