CRA displays a lack of care in collecting money from tax payer that is not even owed.

Man charged $21,000 in back-taxes for income from a company that he never worked for.

Ryan Foulds, a 32 year old baker in Surrey BC, has spent months battling CRA after being ordered to pay over $20,000 in back taxes for income he never earned at a company he never worked for.

CRA believed he was a former worker for Pacific Preferred Developments, who earned $55,000 and owed $21,000 in income tax. During that time frame, he worked for BC Transit. Ryan claims he has never even heard of Pacific Preferred Developments. Said company even provided a letter stating that Ryan had never worked for them. However that was not acceptable to CRA and they began to garnish his weekly cheques from Safeway, taking 25% of his wages every week.

CTV News got in touch with CRA officials on Fould’s behalf and while CRA refused to comment on his case citing confidentiality rules, they did investigate and fix the problem within 24 hours.

Foulds emailed CTV the next day to say, “They told me that it was an error on their part, and that it was something to do with a computer matching up incomes. They said it is very rare for this type of thing to happen.

Ryan says CRA officials removed the T5′s from his records and told him his money would be refunded within days.

CRA did not issue an apology. Instead, Ryan claims that the CRA officials blamed him for not asking to speak to a supervisor, when in fact he did talk to a supervisor and who told him the case was closed and it would take years to appeal.

This is another case of CRA not realizing that they have a duty of care to taxpayers. Had the media not been involved, Ryan would likely have ended up paying taxes on income he never received.

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