Jan 24, 2013
By Jane Brown
A surprise move by the Canada Revenue Agency to stop sending out paper income tax forms in favour of online filing is not going over well with CARP – A New Vision of Aging. CARP’s Vice-President of Advocacy Susan Eng says, “we think this is absolutely outrageous, and we’re already starting to get calls from our members.” Eng also tells Zoomer Media, “they could’ve given people some notice, such as giving people a tick box on last year’s return saying, in the future I would like to continue receiving my paper copy, or some other options that are fair. As it is now, in the middle of January, people are going to be running around, trying to get copies of these things.” Eng also says this type of action by government agencies is happening more often. She calls it “a high handedness, an absolute belief in the online system. And yet the government has not actually shown us they can keep our private information secret.” She says CARP is contacting the Canada Revenue Agency to try and solve the problem.