Canada Revenue Agency

Canada Revenue Agency

December 20, 2010 11:17 ET

Statement by the Minister of National Revenue, the Honourable Keith Ashfield, on the Taxpayers' Ombudsman's Report: Proving Your Status

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 20, 2010) - As the minister of national revenue, I accept the findings made by the Taxpayers' Ombudsman in his report, Proving Your Status, released today.

Our government is ensuring that the best interests of Canadian children and families are always put first.

The recommendations made by the Taxpayers' Ombudsman in his report, Proving your Status, are fair and appropriate, and our government has directed the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) to act on every one.

As mentioned in his report, as a result of meetings with the previous minister on the administration of the Canada Child Tax Benefit, the CRA was directed to move quickly to address some of the issues identified. Since that time, CRA officials have already put in place solutions that will accommodate the recommendations made by the Taxpayers' Ombudsman. These administrative changes will make it easier for parents to meet their obligations in order to receive the benefits to which they are entitled.

Our government is committed to ensuring the fair and consistent treatment of all Canadian taxpayers. That is why we developed and introduced the Taxpayer Bill of Rights and created the position of taxpayers' ombudsman to report to the minister with recommendations on how the CRA can better serve Canadians. The role of the taxpayers' ombudsman is to ensure that the CRA continues to respect the rights of taxpayers as per the Taxpayer Bill of Rights, and I am pleased to accept and act on the recommendations in this report.

Contact Information

  • Canada Revenue Agency
    Noel Carisse
    Media Relations
    Office of the Minister of National Revenue
    Erin Filliter
    Director of Communications