Be well-informed when making investments

Under the Income Tax Act, you may lower the amount of income tax payable as permitted under the law by making investments in certain arrangements, such as in RRSPs or TFSAs. However, you should be aware of the potential risks of other types of arrangements.

Before investing, you should:

  • do your research on who is promoting the arrangement, and read any documents concerning the investment;
  • pay particular attention to any statements in the documents about the income tax consequences of the investment; and
  • obtain independent professional legal and tax advice about the investment arrangement.
  • It is important to remember that if the promoted return on investment sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

If you believe you have participated in an abusive investment arrangement and you wish to correct your tax return, you can do so through the Voluntary Disclosures Program (VDP). Taxpayers will not be penalized or prosecuted if they make a valid disclosure before they become aware of any compliance action being initiated against them. More information is available at www.cra.gc.ca/voluntarydisclosures.

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