Back Taxes: Undisclosed Income
What do you do if you have not declared all your income?
Undeclared income is a risk. Not declaring your income is a no no i.e. illegal. This would fall under the definition of tax evasion. CRA frowns upon this type of activity and imposes severe penalties for this - jail time is one of the penalties for tax evasion. What should you do? Well, the first step would be to consider if you qualify for the Voluntary Disclosure program. The criteria for the VD program is as follows:
Four Conditions for a valid Voluntary Disclosure Submission
In order for your Voluntary Disclosure application to be valid, four conditions must be met.
Firstly, the taxpayer must voluntarily come forward with the submission. If the CRA brought it to the taxpayer’s attention that he or she incorrectly filed a return or the CRA commences an enforcement action (e.g. audit, investigation, information request regarding unfiled returns, etc.) against the taxpayer, the “voluntary” condition is not met.
Also, the disclosure must be complete. This requires that the disclosure provides full and accurate facts and documentation for all reporting periods where there was previously inaccurate, incomplete or unreported information relating to any and all tax accounts with which the taxpayer is associated. Minor errors or omission will not invalidate this requirement.
Thirdly, a disclosure must involve a realized or potential penalty. The penalty type may be a late filing penalty, a failure to remit penalty, an installment penalty, or a discretionary penalty, such as an omission penalty or a gross negligence penalty. In the event a penalty does not apply, the taxpayer cannot seek relief through the Voluntary Disclosure program.
Lastly, the information in the disclosure must be more than one year out of date. This requirement exists because the Voluntary Disclosure program was not intended to allow for penalty avoidance for recently late-filed returns.
If any of the above conditions are not met, a submission will be deemed invalid.
Do you have any outstanding taxes that need to be paid? Is the Voluntary Disclosure program right for you? We can help answer these questions and with your Voluntary Disclosure submission. The professional accountants at Tax Doctors Canada have extensive experience and success in providing back tax solutions that serves our clients’ best interests. Let Tax Doctors Canada provide the best solution for your requirements.
Do not hesitate any longer, call toll free at 1 855 TAX DOCS (855 829 3627) or use our convenient contact web form on this page for a free initial no obligation consultation for your personal and business back tax requirements. The professional accountants at Tax Doctors Canada can negotiate a settlement for you with the tax department and possibly save you interest, penalties and prosecution. There are Tax Doctors Canada locations in Mississauga, Toronto and Markham to serve you.
Contact us using the web form below or call toll free at 1 855 TAX DOCS (855 829 3627) for a a free no obligation consultation. We have convenient locations in Mississauga, Toronto and Markham to serve you.