If a taxpayer disagrees with an Auditor’s position an individual or corporation may file an objection with an Appeals Officer. Generally, an Appeals Officer is a more experienced member of the CRA and open to explanations of the underlying situation which may have escaped the Auditor. They will review your objection and provide another point of view. We have resolved many cases, quite successfully, at the objection stage. We have been able to reframe the discussion so that the Appeals Officer has a better appreciation for the facts underlining the numbers claimed by the individual taxpayer.
Given that the next stage after the objection stage is the Tax Court, a resolution at this stage could save tens of thousands of dollars in costs. Drache Aptowitzer LLP lawyers would be pleased to review the audit results with you and determine whether there are any advantages in resolving your matter at the objection stage.