NOTICE OF ASSESSMENT
I was expecting income-tax refund from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). Instead I received a Notice of Assessment stating I owed money. This assessment notice began, “Thank you for filing your income tax return . . .”
I had a choice? Sure. One day I was sitting around doing nothing when I thought, “Hey, I think I will do the CRA a favor and send them a tax return!” How nice of them to thank me.
The assessment continues to explain my return and what they did not allow. Loan-sharking came to mind as I read it.
“But I only made two cents,” I say.
And the CRA says, “We know, but you owe us ten cents.”
The assessment had a toll-free number in case I had any questions. The office is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday to Friday. I tried calling many times and the line was busy, busy, and busy. I last tried again at 4:50 p.m. and got through, but it was to a recorded message saying, “Thank you for calling the Canada Revenue Agency. Our office is now closed. Please call back . . . “
I thought I was going to get a tax refund. I thought the CRA was open until 5:00 p.m. What do I know?