‘Tis the season for telephone tax scams, warns Barrie-Innisfil MP

The tax man will never demand payment or financial details over the phone

Here’s a head’s up from a local federal representative to have an eye for tax scams now that filing season is upon us.

Barrie-Innisfil MP John Brassard is reminding everyone to beware of telephone and online scams surrounding their tax returns. “While CRA scammers can strike at any time, they are particularly active during tax time,” Brassard said. “This is the time for residents, particularly seniors, their families, and caregivers to be extra cautious.”

Brassard is offering up the following tips to help you from becoming a victim to a tax scam:

  • If you get a phone call from someone who says they are from Canada Revenue Agency, you will never be asked for information about your passport, health card, or driver’s license.
  • The CRA WILL also never ask for immediate payment or financial information via text message or email.
  • If you get a letter that appears it is from the Canada Revenue Agency, you will never be asked to set up a meeting with you in a public place to collect payment. The CRA will also never demand immediate payment via e-transfer, bitcoin, prepaid credit card, or gift cards from retailers.
  • If you get an email that says it is from the Canada Revenue Agency, you will never be asked to click on a link to access your refund.
  • The CRA will also never threaten you with an arrest or prison sentence if you don’t make an immediate payment.

Visit the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre website to familiarize yourself with some other commonly reported scams in the country.

Tax filing deadline day is April 30, 2021.