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Conservative MP for Delta—Richmond East (B.C.)

Won her last election, in 2011, with 54.20% of the vote.

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Questions on the Order Paper February 27th, 2015

Mr. Speaker, the national workload portability initiative, NWPI, was formally adopted in August 2014. It is a business transformation initiative at the Canada Revenue Agency, CRA, that seeks to improve program operations.

The NWPI sets out a framework to guide inter-regional workload transfers, that is, portable files, for the CRA’s international and large business programs. The purpose of the framework is to enable the CRA to make the most effective use of its resources and its technical capacity on a national basis.

Under the NWPI, large business income tax audits will be assigned to regions according to the principles of integrity, capacity, taxpayer service, and practicality. An effective risk-based approach to workload selection and allocation is imperative to ensuring that audit resources are managed in the most efficient and effective manner.

As the NWPI was newly formalized, the CRA has not yet finalized audits that would allow it to produce the type of information requested. Therefore, the CRA is unable to provide a response at this time.

Taxation February 26th, 2015

Mr. Speaker, the voluntary disclosure program has been extremely successful. We have unprecedented numbers being driven toward that program, and that is good news for the tax administration of those who have been trying not to fully disclose their tax affairs. As far as, for instance, the CRA's files related to HSBC from France are concerned, as I said before, 154 were duplicates, 801 contained zero dollars, and 394 were deemed high risk and are being worked on.

Canada Revenue Agency February 26th, 2015

Mr. Speaker, again, this government has zero tolerance for tax evasion. We have been very clear about that. We even have a special department dedicated to dealing with international tax evasion. Voluntary disclosures of international tax assets have been growing exponentially because of our measures. We have brought in an OTIP line that is fielding hundreds of calls. We have taken many measures, and the New Democrats and Liberals have voted against every single one of them.

Canada Revenue Agency February 26th, 2015

Mr. Speaker, as I have said repeatedly in the House, this government has zero tolerance for tax evasion. Our record on this is excellent. We have combatted tax evasion. We have been tough on tax cheats, including helping our international partners obtain information. Since forming government, we have introduced over 85 measures to improve the integrity of our tax system.

As to auditors, we have actually increased auditors in this area.

Taxation February 25th, 2015

Mr. Speaker, I will certainly take that comment under advisement, but as far as international tax evasion goes, we have zero tolerance for that in this government. The CRA has an excellent record of combatting international tax evasion through over 8,600 cases identifying over $5.6 billion in additional taxes. Our voluntary disclosure program is at its highest level ever and is exponentially increasing because of our efforts.

Taxation February 25th, 2015

Mr. Speaker, the premise of that question is entirely false. In fact, I was just in Brampton on Monday of this week announcing that CRA has put an additional $1 million into funding our volunteer program. We enlist about 16,000 volunteers across Canada every year, who help some 600,000 low-income new Canadians, aboriginals, and others to fill out their tax forms and get their benefits.

Taxation February 20th, 2015

Mr. Speaker, as I said before, this government has zero tolerance for tax evasion.

The CRA received 1,349 files from France related to HSBC. Of those files received, 154 were duplicates, 801 contained zero dollars and 394 were deemed high risk or high dollar files. Where non-compliance was expected, the CRA conducted hundreds of audits, leading to $21 million in taxes and penalties being reassessed. This work is ongoing. Furthermore, the CRA has received over 250 voluntary disclosures identifying $123 million in undisclosed amounts.

Canada Revenue Agency February 19th, 2015

Mr. Speaker, we are concerned about the results of the investigation in question. The CRA commissioned that study in order to improve its services to Canadians. We expect the CRA to take immediate action to resolve the issues raised in this investigation and improve the services it provides to Canadians.

We encourage anyone who believes they may have received incorrect information from the CRA to file a formal complaint.

We take this seriously. This was commissioned by CRA to improve services.

Taxation February 19th, 2015

Mr. Speaker, our government has a strong record of combatting tax evasion and getting tough on tax cheats, including obtaining information from our international partners on Canadians with offshore assets. Since forming government, we have introduced over 85 measures to improve the integrity of the tax system. Shamefully, the NDP and Liberals have voted against every single one of those measures.

This government stands up for taxpayers. We have zero tolerance for tax evasion. We are actively working on all of these files.

Taxation February 18th, 2015

Mr. Speaker, our government has a zero tolerance policy when it comes to tax evasion.

As I have stated with respect to the HSBC accounts, when non-compliance was expected, the CRA conducted hundreds of audits. This has led to over $21 million in taxes and penalties being reassessed. Further, our voluntary disclosure program, which is more robust than ever when it comes to international tax evasion, has brought forward 250 voluntary disclosures representing another nearly $123 million in previously undisclosed amounts.