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Can CRA Withhold My Tax Refund or Benefits or Garnish My Wages?
Income Tax Act s. 164(2), 222
Tax Refunds and/or GST/HST Credit
The answer to this is yes, Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) can withhold a refund and/or GST/HST credit, if:
For more detail see the CRA web page on Refunds.
What Other Collection Actions Can CRA Use?
Besides withholding your income tax refund or your GST/HST credit, CRA can:
It's possible CRA will not take any collection actions if they can see that you're making payments on your debt to them on a regular basis. However, you will continue to be charged interest.
Personal Income Tax Return Due Date
Late Filing Penalties and Interest
Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) Resources
Payment Arrangements, which talks about what you can do if you cannot pay the balance owing
IC98-1R8 Tax Collections Policies
IC13-2R1 Government Programs Collection Policies
Always file your tax return on time, even if you can't afford to pay the tax!
Then, pay what you can, and keep paying till it's paid off!
Revised: May 16, 2023
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