Cracking down on offshore tax evasion and aggressive tax avoidance


Offshore tax evasion and aggressive tax avoidance impacts all Canadians

Canada has one of the highest voluntary compliance rates in the world – most Canadians file and pay their taxes on time. But, a small minority still choose to not pay what they owe. This is not fair and has to stop. Tax schemes rob Canadians of important resources and deprive all levels of government of tax revenues that provide essential services to all Canadians.

Canadian taxpayers should not be burdened with paying for those who do not pay their part. In order to ensure a tax system that is responsive and fair to all taxpayers, the Government of Canada takes continuous action to crack down on offshore tax evasion and aggressive tax avoidance.

Using intelligence gathered through a variety of tools at its disposal, and using experienced audit and investigations teams as well as through information sharing and collaboration with international partners, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has a robust system in place to tackle tax evasion and aggressive tax avoidance on many fronts, both domestically and internationally.

There are also ways you can contribute and do your part in the effort to combat offshore non-compliance.

What the CRA is doing to crack down on offshore tax evasion and aggressive tax avoidance:

What can you do?

You can do your part to help us tackle offshore tax evasion and aggressive tax avoidance.

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We are cracking down on offshore tax evasion and aggressive tax avoidance. Regarding offshore tax havens, there are over 820 audits and over 20 criminal investigations underway. In four jurisdictions of concern, there are over 41,000 transactions in review worth over twelve billion dollars.

Did you know?

  • Through voluntary disclosures, the CRA is on track to identify $1 billion in income that would otherwise have been hidden. That is an increase of almost 400% over the last six years.
  • As of December 31, 2016, the OTIP has received 963 calls from potential informants and 407 written submissions. Due to information received through this program, over 218 taxpayers are currently under audit.

Media room

Government of Canada cracks down on tax evasion

Government of Canada works with International Partners to Crack Down on Offshore Tax Evasion

Backgrounder: Playing a leadership role: what Canada is doing to promote international cooperation on tax evasion

Backgrounder: Offshore Compliance Advisory Committee

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