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Tax agency mailing mistake leads to huge tax bill

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/british-columbia/story/2008/04/21/bc-craaudit.htmlCanada Revenue Agency mailed audit notices to non-existent address

BY KATHY TOMLINSON — The owner of a small construction business in B.C. says a series of mistakes by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has left him with a $500,000 personal tax bill he says he doesn't owe.

"They can royally screw up and they are not accountable," said Dennis Collins. "That doesn't make any sense to me at all."

Collins said he's worked hard and paid his taxes all his life. He also considers himself a stickler for tax rules — never taking cash under the table or making GST deals. About $500,000 flows through Collins's business account each year, but he said most of that goes to pay for construction materials and other expenses. Collins claims less than $50,000 in personal income annually.

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