Taxpayer Relief Update
In Bozzer v. Her Majesty the Queen (“Bozzer”), Federal Court of Appeal held that the taxpayer relief provisions contained in the Income Tax Act allow the Minister of National Revenue (“Minister”) and Canada Revenue Agency (“CRA”) to cancel interest accrued in any taxation year ending within ten years before the taxpayer’s application for relief, regardless of when the underlying tax debt arose.
The Minister and the CRA have, in some circumstances, attempted to disregard the common law. We have been waiting for the CRA to announce its response to the Bozzer decision.
Today, the CRA distributed a news release entitled Taxpayer relief deadline is December 31, 2011. This news release confirms that the CRA will follow the Federal Court of Appeal’s decision in Bozzer. In addition, the CRA announced that it will adopt this change for requests for taxpayer relief made under the Air Travellers Security Charge Act, Softwood Lumber Products Export Charge Act and the Excise Act.