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Post by Jayse29 on Sat 23 Apr 2016, 19:10

Okay, so I am not sure how long it has been since I have last filed my income taxes, probably about 2010. I am sure I owe as I was on pat leave 2014, however, filing these took a backseat due to mental health issues (alcoholism, ptsd, adhd) and as such, taxes took a back seat. With the aid of a psychologist, therapist and all of that, I am finally getting my life back on track. Part of this mess is getting my taxes up to date. I am aware of the voluntary disclosure and I am thinking of taking this route, but I am at a loss. I am paranoid to contact the cra directly. Is there any programs out there who might be to assist me? I am terrified that I might have gotten myself into a terrible mess. I just want to get back on track.

*edit - my latest t4 states that I made around 80000 but the number is closer to 60000. I am assuming this is due to me not filing after pat leave.

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Post by Teager on Sat 23 Apr 2016, 19:42

In all honesty I would go to an accountant. Explain your situation to them. Chances are they may reduce any fees they charge. They can help the most and they work to try to get you a return if possible. I've been using an accountant and have been getting a decent return that far out weighs the flat fee I'm charged. If you say what Province your in someone may be able to recommend someone.

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Post by Guest on Sat 23 Apr 2016, 21:31

First off I'm glad your getting yourself/life back on track , that is far more important then paying back , back taxes.

Focusing on your health and well being always is the number one priority.

Unfortunately there's no way around not paying your taxes , sooner or later you will need to address it.
They have programs for paying back dated taxes , different options that can be offered depending on each individuals circumstance.
If there's any penalty forgiveness or partial forgiveness you would need to check out the CRA's website for qualifying , or call them you need not give them your name , you can call just for the info , and give a circumstance.

That's where I would start and don't let this get you in a downwards spiral in terms of your health , your health is far more important and there's many others in worst positions then you are in , so get as much info you possibly can without revealing your Identity and take it from there.

If you need any further assistance come back on the Forum and we will help in any way we can.

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Post by Guest on Sat 23 Apr 2016, 22:02

Jayse29 you are doing the right thing in addressing your taxes. I would agree that contacting an accountant is a good way to go if you don't feel able to do your taxes on your own using a program such as Turbo Tax. As well, you may want to look into and google   RC4288 Request for Taxpayer Relief - Cancel or Waive Penalties or Interest . I can't post the link as I am a new member but perhaps someone can post the link for me. Take care.

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Post by Jayse29 on Sun 24 Apr 2016, 02:26

As a new member to this forum, I had expected flack for being a fracked up. I had so much fear even putting this post up, but I am now almost in tears to know that there are people out there who actually care about my situation. Thank you all so much for the compassion and direction.

Now that I know about this forum, I have found a new sense of comfort that I have not felt in a long time. I will post an update when I get things in motion. Thanks all for the overwhelming support.

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Post by Dannypaj on Sun 24 Apr 2016, 07:02

No flack here my friend and if any,  it is done "hopefully" for good intentions to resolve problems (because they can be very complicated).

Sir, we all take a different path in life and our path as an ex-CF member can be challenging, but yet there are tools "if" sought out that can fix and smooth these paths for the better (do your taxes, who knows they may owe you, IDK, but if you fudged the numbers, well they do have a pay back plan or there are plenty of other ways to handle your "particular situation" ).  

Gather all your T4's or/and whatever slips you have and if you need to, you may need to make phone calls to obtain whatever is missing.

"backseat due to mental health issues (alcoholism, ptsd, adhd) and as such, taxes took a back seat".

This can happen to anyone and you receiving help for it now = the best choice for you and your family!
Great job and it is never to late to get your life back on track.
It is work in progress and mental health is extremely complicated.
I know.
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Post by bigrex on Sun 24 Apr 2016, 09:18

Have you applied for the Disability Tax Credit yet? If not, do so immediately, because it can really help, and once approved, you can have several of the previous years reassessed, putting more money back into your pocket. Even if you end up owing when you do your taxes, the amount owing will be reduced by the DTC.

CSAT is about helping. Today you are the one needing help and support. In the future, you might be the one offering guidance to another Veteran, using the experience you gain going through this process. Nobody here has gone through schooling or training with VAC, or other government body, other than the CF. But we have a ton of people that have learned through experience, and choose to pass that knowledge on.
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Post by 1993firebird on Sun 24 Apr 2016, 10:10

I live in Ontario and have always done my taxes for over 20 years , so if you live near by I offer my assistance.

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Post by Guest on Sun 24 Apr 2016, 11:11

jayse welcome to the groop buds glad you found it .

we cant do much for ya here first hand MOST of the time but when it comes to good advice we have a lot . we have a lot of experience dealing with just about all things VET and yes that means tax as a matter of fact due to the SISIP thing some of the best tax info you can get you will probably get from this site . I have actually seen factual tax info come from this site that lawyers , CPA,s , and even CRA staff didn't know about .

yup a lot a good advice here and since we have all shared our different experiences issues and approaches to dealing with them whether it be NVC,PA, tax or others its more of a collective knowledge  anything we cant recall right off we can normally find in short order .

seriously I would trust just about anyone on this site to do my taxes before anyone else save maybe an actual tax lawyer IF and only if I thought one of those was necessary.

yes you have been given a lot of good advice I recommend you read it all and if you are close enough to firebird go see him he would be your best bet .

firebird you rock buds .

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Post by pinger on Sun 24 Apr 2016, 16:02

Hey Jayse29, welcome aboard. Ain't no flack around here. Just helpful folks'
Someone mentioned an accountant and that is one option for you.

I too ignored my taxes years ago, went 7 years back with all my info I kept.
Much more than all the money I got back, it was a real sigh of relief to put it all behind me.
Even if you got to pay the piper, it's worth the peace of mind...
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Post by 1993firebird on Sun 24 Apr 2016, 16:31

Thanks propat.

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Post by Jayse29 on Mon 25 Apr 2016, 23:03

I am in Northern Ontario.

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Post by prawnstar on Tue 26 Apr 2016, 11:25

Jayse29 welcome to CSAT. Had the same problem got H&R block and they fixed it all up. It will feel like a deuce and a half has been lifted off you chest.

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Post by 1993firebird on Tue 26 Apr 2016, 12:48

Eastern Ontario , sorry.

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Post by Newf on Tue 26 Apr 2016, 16:21

Jayse, welcome aboard and it's great to know your health is better  May I suggest getting a list of all the appointments you attended for each calendar year from each Doctor.  You can claim medical expenses on your income tax for attending these appointments. Like guys said...probably good to see accountant.
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