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The next anonymous telephone call you get may be from a computerbot at the Canada Revenue Agency.
Ongoing initiatives to collect tax in a timely manner include robocall blasts targeted to taxpayers with a history of making their tax payment(s) after the filing due date. The recorded message is friendly reminder that your tax return is due on June 15 ( if you are self-employed) and you will be charged interest on any tax owing as of that date. And have a nice day...
Robo collection calls are a bit outdated in a world even the hated telcos are making calls in person. But you can't fault the CRA for trying.
This could be a new form of taxpayer relief. You can vent your true feelings about your tax bill and exchange verbal unpleasantries with the robocaller without fear of hurting anyone's feelings. Unless you think the call may be recorded for quality control purposes. The robocaller doesn't say anything about that....
If you subscribe to the belief that the people who work as tax collectors at the CRA are no better than robots, you can rejoice in the fact that the CRA has at last fit the form to the function.
So when the anonymous number comes up on your caller id, don't be shy. Give the robotaxcop a chance. It could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
BTW: For this coming tax year (2015) self-employed folks have until midnight on Wednesday, June 15 to file their 2015 tax returns.
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