Thursday, October 3, 2013

What the ... bureautards?!?!? Part 2

As mentioned in the previous post on this subject I mailed my info to the branch of the Canada Revenue Agency dealing with Canadians living abroad. Thus letting the branch know what the main office didn't, that I had been living in Canada, and filing taxes, since 2010. That way they would know I don't owe them a dime for having my Tax Free Savings Account ... since the main office doesn't see fit to keep the branches informed on peoples status changes.

That was around August 25th 2013. Today, October 3rd 2013 I received a letter from CRA dated September 27th. A MONTH after I sent them the information. Information that couldn't be given over the bloody phone to start the process. Information the main branch has but couldn't simply memo them about. It had to be mailed to them from me.

Stupidly, I kind of expected it to simply say everything has been cleared up. Of course it wouldn't be that easy. Of course it will be a longer process. This letter was to thank me for the additional information about my 2010 tax return (what about 2011? 2012? Everything was mentioned in the letter.) And to let me know that they will review the information and advise me of the results.

What a bunch of bureautards.

So, once again, to warn those who played by the rules and let CRA know you were a non-resident Citizen of Canada, YOU have to the specific department within CRA know when you have returned. Filing your tax returns is not enough. CRA itself will NOT inform them of your status change. Kind of makes me wonder if the BS is worth playing by the rules for.


  1. I did not let them know I was gone, and I didn't let them know I was back, and I haven't even told them that I'm gone again. The paperwork always had an excuse to not let me work on it. But my sister thought it would be a good idea to see if I could get a refund. This was back in May sometiime, so I started having an accountant friend work on the nacessary papers. We came to one form that was supposed to outline the work I did overseas, and I asked, for just one year or for all the time I was gone? We're still waiting for an answer.

  2. Careful. They will find a way to fuck you over. Follow their rules ... get fucked over. Don't follow them ... get fucked over.