Your Accountant’s or a Paid Tax Preparer’s obligations in Canada? You should know that!

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  • by admin
  • December 4, 2023

If you want to become a paid tax preparer and file income tax returns for individuals or corporations in Canada for your clients, you have certain obligations to follow, failing which CRA may prohibit you from filing income tax returns on behalf of your clients, in some cases CRA may also take some other or legal actions against you. In certain circumstances, failing to comply with the CRA instructions you may also face sever charges and or imprisonment.

In Canada, every paid tax preparer has certain obligations to their clients and to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). Here are some of the key obligations of paid tax preparers in Canada:


  1. Registration: Paid tax preparers must be registered with the CRA to prepare tax returns for compensation. They must obtain a CRA Rep ID and Efiler ID and password from CRA and include it on any tax returns they prepare. They must renew their registration every year before the start of the tax filing season.
  2. Competence: Paid tax preparers must have the necessary knowledge and expertise to prepare accurate and complete tax returns. They must stay up-to-date with changes in tax laws and regulations and ensure that they are providing their clients with the most current and accurate information.
  3. Due diligence: Paid tax preparers must exercise due diligence in preparing tax returns. This includes verifying the accuracy of the information provided by clients, ensuring that all required forms and schedules are included, and checking for errors or omissions.
  4. Confidentiality: Paid tax preparers must maintain the confidentiality of their clients’ personal and financial information. They must take appropriate measures to protect this information from unauthorized access or disclosure. They need to provide the details and the ways they ensure clients’ data security before they can register with CRA or renew their registration every year.
  5. Filing requirements: Paid tax preparers must file tax returns on behalf of their clients in a timely and accurate manner. They must also keep copies of all tax returns and related documents for at least six years. Before transmitting any returns electronically to CRA they must get a signed copy of authorization from their client. They need to keep this signed authorization as CRA may any time ask for verification, failing which they may no longer file tax returns with CRA on behalf of their clients.
  6. Professional conduct: Paid tax preparers must adhere to ethical standards and conduct themselves in a professional and respectful manner. They must not engage in fraudulent or deceptive practices or misrepresent their qualifications or experience.
  7. Compliance with laws and regulations: Paid tax preparers must comply with all applicable laws and regulations, including those related to anti-money laundering, privacy, and advertising.


Failure to meet these obligations can result in penalties, fines, and even criminal charges. It’s important for paid tax preparers in Canada to understand their responsibilities and take them seriously to avoid any negative consequences for themselves or their clients.


Disclaimer: Information in the blog/post/article has been presented for a broad and simple understanding. This is not legal advice. RKB Accounting & Tax Services does not accept any liability for its application in any real situations. You need to contact your accountant or us for further information.

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