I used to think that honesty, doing your best to be co-operative and transparency was all that was needed to deal with the CRA. Sadly, when you get caught up in the giant turning gears the reality is often many of the individuals deciding your fate, only care about closing cases, not evaluating the situation and coming up with a fair ruling.
This is the place I found myself in, and after multiple years of stress, being threatened by the CRA while doing my absolute best to comply with their demands, I finally gave up and retained the services of Ummat Tax Law.
The moment I informed the CRA I was retaining a lawyer, their entire demeanor changed, suddenly instead of threatening me at every step, they wanted to be as helpful as possible. It was a huge weight off my shoulders, and almost immediate confirmation that I had made the right decision.
I worked with Amit and from day one, he presented the situation as it was without sugar-coating it. He told me what he thought was likely to happen, the strength of our case, but also the unlikely outcomes that I might not like. He also provided a rough estimation as to what each option might look like.
Every time Amit told me he was going to do something, he always followed through with what he said he would do, on the timeline he said he would follow.
Finally, throughout the process, he put my interests ahead of his own, gave me advice on how he thought we should proceed, but ultimately let me decide the next action we would take.
It is sad that the system requires the services of a firm like Ummat Tax Law, but I am extremely grateful for Amit’s assistance as he was finally able to finally force the CRA to take a fair look at my situation and judge things reasonably. Something that I had been unable to do myself, despite trying for literally years.