Beware of scammers posing as CRA employees

Over the past year a few of our clients have called to say they have received either a threatening telephone call from a person claiming to work for the Canada Revenue Agency who was demanding payment for a tax debt or an email from the Canada Revenue Agency requesting their banking information to facilitate the deposit of their tax refund.  In all of these instances we concluded that the communication was a scam.

If you are questioning the validity of any communication received from the Canada Revenue Agency, whether it be regarding a tax debt or refund, we recommend that you review your account online through My Account or My Business Accounts.  If you have not yet set up an online account with the Canada Revenue Agency you can also call Personal Income Tax Inquiries at 1-800-959-8281 or Business Inquiries at 1-800-959-5525.

The Canada Revenue Agency is well aware of these and other communication scams.  Please visit the Canada Revenue Agency’s webpage that discusses these scams.  We recommend that you take a few minutes and watch the Canada Revenue Agency’s video on this topic.