Is it possible to make a deal with Revenue Canada (now known as the Canada Revenue Agency or CRA) for taxes you owe?
Yes. Here's how to negotiate with Revenue Canada about tax payments.
First, if you owe Revenue Canada and cannot pay the balance of taxes in full, it is possible to negotiate with Revenue Canada in regards to payment terms. Contact your nearest Revenue Canada office. Explain your circumstances, and negotiate a tax payment plan. For example, if you owe $1,000, you may offer to pay $100 per month for the next ten months. It will be up to Revenue Canada to decide if they will accept your offer, or take further action against you to collect the taxes owing.
Two points to remember:
As a general rule, Revenue Canada will not accept less than the full amount owing. Their logic is simple. If they allow you to pay less than the full amount owing, they may be forced to make the same deal with everyone else.
However, there is a way to negotiate with Revenue Canada, to make a deal with Revenue Canada for less than the full amount owing: make a consumer proposal to Revenue Canada.