Minister roundtables: Red tape and taxpayer services in focus

Find out what accounting professionals discussed with the Minister of National Revenue at a series of roundtables held during summer 2014.

Red tape reduction, tax preparer registration proposals, and possible Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) service improvements were in focus at six roundtables with the Minister of National Revenue held over the summer.

Chartered Professional Accountants (CPAs) and Certified General Accountants (CGAs) were invited to take part in the cross-country sessions to offer their views to Revenue Minister Kerry-Lynne Findlay on a range of issues.

Among other news, the Minister noted that:

  • amended T2 returns can now be efiled
  • an online inquiry service accessed through the My Business Account system is up and running
  • taxpayers will be able to update their banking online and arrange pre-authorized debits for tax payments
  • new mobile apps and Business Number enhancements are coming

The Minister also noted that the CRA’s Liaison Officer initiative — which focuses on improving tax compliance by educating, informing and supporting small and medium enterprises — is being pilot-tested and will be launched next year.