Tax season is just around the corner; what to do if you are planning to take on a debt consolidation program. Below we are the things you need to know if you are planning to file a debt relief program to get rid of debt but worried about your Tax Refund.
Before April, Canadians will start filing their tax returns. CRA encourages everyone to file their tax returns as soon as possible. The agency also encourages everyone to file taxes ahead of time as early as February 2021, to avoid delays and reduce potential exposure to COVID-19 by filing online.
However, due to the Pandemic, most Canadians were affected financially and have taken advantage of CERB. This led to people taking on Debt Consolidation Program to get rid of debt including CRA Tax Debt.
“Stay of Proceedings”
Taking on a Government-Approved Debt Consolidation Program automatically creates a “Stay of Proceedings” under the Federal Law. This means that all your creditors must cease all collection activities and they cannot continue any legal action against you including the most powerful creditor – the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).
Effect on Tax Debt
We will send notice to the Canada Revenue Agency that you have filed a Debt Consolidation Program so they are aware. Similar to other creditors, they must stop collection activities such as collection calls, wage garnishment, legal actions (lawsuits), and freezing your bank accounts.
It is worth noting that Stay of Proceedings will not recover anything that has already been taken but prevents any further seizure of assets.
Can CRA Keep My Tax Refund After Filing a Debt Relief Program?
The answer is it depends. Every person has a unique financial situation, therefore the answer to this is depending on your status with CRA and other factors.
Once you take advantage of a government-approved debt relief program, all creditors including CRA can no longer take action to collect on your debt without the authority of the court.
For some instances, creditors can apply the money refundable to you against the amount of your debt as of the date on which your debt relief program has taken effect. It means that it can set off or keep the tax refund, or other government benefits such as Child Tax benefit, Social Services benefits.
What Help Is Available for Me?
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Our debt consultants can help create a personalized debt relief program that will include your Tax debt and can reduce it by up to 50%-75% from the original amount. That means you will only pay a portion of your debt in a fixed monthly payment and the rest is forgiven.
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