Have you ever received an email from CRA?
If not, GOOD! Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has a policy that they do not send any information or require any action by email- only phone and mail. They will specifically correspond with you by phone, and ask security related questions to confirm your identity. Or, they will send you mail to your home address.
If you have received an email from a source claiming they are CRA, it is important that you do not respond or follow any links within the email. A client called us recently because they had received an email from “2015 Canada Revenue Agency” informing them that they were getting an internet transfer of money, and to click on a link to obtain their funds. It is very important to watch out for scams like this! If you are ever unsure about something you encounter by email related to your tax returns, tax refunds, CRA, etc, please do not hesitate to contact us to ensure you are not the victim of one of these scams.
To learn more about what to look out for and how to protect yourself from internet and telephone scams, read the article on the CRA website entitled “Beware of Telephone and Email Scams.”
Also, feel free to contact us if you ever have any concerns or questions- we value the security of our clients information and resources.