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... and tell the world you have tax trouble"

 

From our archives

April 2014

Philippe DioGuardi’s new radio spot about the dangers of googling for help with a tax problem has hit a raw nerve. (If you haven’t heard it yet, click here)

A major newspaper has already called to ask if it’s true that the CRA uses google to track taxpayers and their spending habits. The short answer: yes, they do.

A follower of DioGuardi’s twitter feeds twirped out angrily yesterday against the spot, alleging it used scare tactics that, according to him, frighten the older listeners of a Toronto classical music radio station. This tweeter staunchly says the CRA cannot identify you without your IP address.

 The tweeter has, apparently, missed the point of the message.

The Income Tax Act, under section 231.2, gives the CRA the power to require the production of information from any source ... including an IP address and the identity of the owner. (Read section 231.2 of the ITA here)

Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Google, admitted in a 2009 interview with CNBC that Google would surrender IP addresses if so ordered by governments and other authorities. And if you’re thinking, “but that’s in the United States”, remember two things:

1. If you’re googling Canadian searches in Canada, you’ve got a Canadian IP address – subject to Canadian laws; and

2. Canada has a tax treaty with the United States. So the CRA can work with the IRS to get American IP addresses.

The bottom line: Your IP address isn’t private. And if the CRA wants to find the person behind the IP, they can. Remember that. Before you expose your tax trouble online. 


And from the Income Tax Act:

    1. 231.2   (1) Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act, the Minister may, subject to subsection (2), for any purpose related to the administration or enforcement of this Act (including the collection of any amount payable under this Act by any person), of a comprehensive tax information exchange agreement between Canada and another country or jurisdiction that is in force and has effect or, for greater certainty, of a tax treaty with another country, by notice served personally or by registered or certified mail, require that any person provide, within such reasonable time as stipulated in the notice,
      (aany information or additional information, including 
      a return of income or a
       supplementary return; or
      (b) any document.

B. Whitmoore   07.03.2013 16:41
Tweeting about Taxes

Pretty scary. Seems nothing is safe or private anymore. Keep your personal information closer to home - no need to share it with the world. Find trusted partners to discuss your finances and all things personal with.

 
 
       
 

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