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May 19th, 2016Committee meeting

Ted Gallivan

Finance committee  You're correct. As the agency tried to preserve the audit horsepower in my current mandate, we cut back hours of service and degraded the response time. The money in the budget serves to re-establish it. We had a discussion yesterday about additional rounds of public opinion re

May 19th, 2016Committee meeting

Ted Gallivan

Finance committee  I think the most important measure would be our accessibility, in other words, how many callers get through on the first call. The investment in budget 2016 will allow us to hit 90%, and in some periods of the year it might even be higher than that. Again, you talked about weeken

May 19th, 2016Committee meeting

Ted Gallivan

Finance committee  I would say that today we are being very sensitive across all our programs to persons with disabilities, from the accessibility of our website to the specifications we set for software developers who produce software, to the volunteer tax preparation program. Some people with dis

May 19th, 2016Committee meeting

Ted Gallivan

Finance committee  It is the CRA's position that the structure promoted by KPMG was offside. I think it has been correctly pointed out that the courts haven't ruled on the matter, so different people can have differing views on that. In terms of the change, the CRA would take the position that the

May 19th, 2016Committee meeting

Ted Gallivan

Finance committee  I believe the number is 15. Initially, 21 cases were before the courts, and there are now six.

May 19th, 2016Committee meeting

Ted Gallivan

Finance committee  From a CRA perspective, you're correct. Transparency is key, and there can be legitimate reasons to move money back and forth internationally, or have holdings and pay the full tax due. Step one is transparency, and that's what these agreements go to. There are now 101 countries

May 19th, 2016Committee meeting

Ted Gallivan

Finance committee  I think you're asking an important question. Within the CRA we're clear on certain policies and practices in terms of how many tax years we go back. For ordinary salaried Canadians, we focus on the current tax year. We find a mistake. We don't go back to the maximum limit. We jus

May 19th, 2016Committee meeting

Ted Gallivan

Finance committee  The CRA shares the concern that this committee and Canadians have with offshore tax evasion. It is going to be a multi-year effort. The measures put in place in 2013 are helping the agency. From fiscal 2011-12 to the most recent fiscal year, the overall fiscal impact is up $2.6 b

May 19th, 2016Committee meeting

Ted Gallivan

Finance committee  When it's at litigation with a taxpayer and a settlement is proposed, the CRA has an obligation to maximize value for the taxpayers. We will look at the strength of our case. We will look at the legal precedents. We'll look at the point of principle. Sometimes we stand on princ

May 19th, 2016Committee meeting

Ted Gallivan

Finance committee  You're correct that there are a number of factors that have increased the volume of accounts receivable at the CRA. One is aggressive compliance action such as the document posted to the CBC website that talks about going back 16 tax years. That's exceptional, and it really does

May 19th, 2016Committee meeting

Ted Gallivan

Finance committee  This is an ongoing matter. We have made known our intent to commence proceedings based on the facts available. The agency has demonstrated, through the investments committed in this budget, that it has made those who promote tax schemes a priority. Furthermore, such promoters hav

May 19th, 2016Committee meeting

Ted Gallivan

Finance committee  Just to complement the minister's response quickly, we have a two-tiered risk assessment system, broadly speaking. The first is automated, numbers, stats, comparisons, algorithms, what doesn't make sense. The second is human. At that human level, absolutely, the reputation of the

May 19th, 2016Committee meeting

Ted Gallivan

Finance committee  Thank you, Minister. I think this represents a paradigm shift in tax administration by receiving the information proactively. In other words, the tax authorities worldwide are receiving country-by-country reporting from multinationals as a matter of course. Under the common rep

May 19th, 2016Committee meeting

Ted Gallivan

Finance committee  Just quickly on that point, first, I think both the minister and the agency wouldn't characterize this as an amnesty. I think we've already pointed out that we can't confirm any specific agreement, but the document posted to the CBC website contains no immunity from criminal pros

May 19th, 2016Committee meeting

Ted Gallivan