CRA does gross negligance

Sometimes it is not just Canadians who have tax problems. It seems that the Canada Revenue Agency, could use some good tax information protection solutions.

The thought that strikes me is along the lines of “sweep your own porch before you complain about how dirty some one else s porch is.

When CRA is so busy complaining about Canadian’s “Gross Negligence” perhaps they should look how grossly negligent they are. Not that two wrongs make a right, but it sure shows that CRA has no right to act all pious and mighty.

Today with the power of the internet, CRA is headed for trouble. There are a lot of us who are now watching and recording.

Trouble is brewing in CRA paradise, Canadians sense of fairness is being meddled with.

Dan White
www.tax-audit-solutions and www.danwhite.ca

Here is a good article on the subject, byPeter Zimonjic
Feds paid out more than $750K to avoid class action lawsuit

By Peter Zimonjic, SUN MEDIA

Last Updated: 6th November 2009, 7:11pm

The federal government paid out more than $750,000 to avoid a class action lawsuit after personal information was stolen from a Canada Revenue Agency office.

The theft of six computers from the Tax Services Office in Laval, Que., on September 4, 2003 jeopardized the personal information of 120,000 people.

“The purpose of the settlement was to compensate for the inconvenience caused to the class action members who took certain steps to limit the risk of their information being used without their consent,” said Philippe Brideau, spokesman for the Canada Revenue Agency.

The out-of-court settlement saw 1,401 people awarded $150 and another 2,708 awarded $200 each as compensation for time spent contacting Equifax or Trans Union to have notes placed on their credit record indicating their personal information had been compromised.

The total payout cost the taxpayer $751,750.

In 2008, an audit of security of CRA offices slammed the agency for repeatedly failing to maintain adequate security at seven offices in Quebec and Ontario.

The audit found combination locks, keys and access cards were not adequately secured, doors were not locked properly and electronic alarm systems were defective, unarmed or missing.

peter.zimonjic@sunmedia.ca

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