I have received many calls lately with regard to the CRA telephoning residents with regard to issues with their taxes.  Please be advised of the following from the CRA Website:

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The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is noting an increase in telephone scams where the caller claims to be from the CRA but is not, and is asking Canadians to beware—these calls are fraudulent and could result in identity and financial theft.

If you get such a call, hang up and report it to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.

The CRA:

  • never requests prepaid credit cards;

  • never asks for information about your passport, health card, or driver’s licence;

  • never shares your taxpayer information with another person, unless you have provided the appropriate authorization; and

  • never leaves personal information on your answering machine or asks you to leave a message containing your personal information on an answering machine.

The number for business-related calls is 1-800-959-5525.

The number for calls about individual concerns is 1-800-959-8281.

Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre online or toll free at 1-888-495-8501.

For more information, please visit the website.