OTTAWA, Ont. — After the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency (CCRA) mistakenly doled out $3.3 billion in extra provincial transfer payments, the feds have decided bigger will work better.
Maybe it’s an effort to claw some of that money back from hard-working Canadian, but in any event the department will hire thousands more tax collectors to go after those owing the government money. To be exact, 9,600 employees will join CCRA over the next three years — and the bulk of them will be collectors and auditors.
“The majority are going to come on the tax and the GST side (of the department),” Betty Bannon, president of the Union of Tax Employees, tells local media. “There’ll be more enforcement … going after people who have filed (tax returns) but not paid and auditing books and records … and there will be more service.”
Customs and Revenue Agency spokeswoman Colette Gentes-Hawn confirmed 1,600 of the tax collectors and auditors will be hired by the end of March, and another 3,000 will be hired next year, and 5,000 by 2004.
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