Back Taxes: Failure to keep Books and Records
To Busy for Tax Related Paper Work?
Business owners get very busy operating their businesses and understandably so. What you rather do? Run the business and make a profit or get stuck in some room doing paper work for the government? However, this could be a trap. CRA has a requirement to keep books and records. If you get audited, you can’t use the gambit of I didn’t keep any books or records as a defence. CRA requires that the taxpayer keep books and records for six years. The six year period starts at the end of the applicable tax year. CRA can request that the taxpayer keep records for longer than six years.
Taxpayers may also be subject to penalties in the following situations:
- The taxpayer fails to keep books and records
- The taxpayer does not provide CRA officials with access to the records, when requested
- The taxpayer does not provide CRA officials with information when asked
On a summary conviction, a taxpayer may be subject to imprisonment and / or a fine. An Ontario resident pleaded guilty in the Ontario Court of Justice to one charge of failing to keep proper books and records as required by the Income Tax Act. He was fined $16,500.
The Accountants at Tax Doctors Canada can help you ensure that your books are records are in proper order; consequently, protecting you from punitive CRA actions. Concentrate on your business; let Tax Doctors Canada take care of your accounting needs and reduce your taxes.
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