I need a half-page horizontal ad designed for a Canadian oil and gas trade publication (see oilandgasinquirer.com to see sample publications). The ad will be an informational/editorial type ad. I want it to look like actual content – i.e. an article – as opposed to an ad that will be overlooked by the readers.
[I would like the title heading to read as follows:]
Ask the CRA Tax Expert:
Dale Barrett, tax lawyer and principal at Barrett Tax Law, answers commonly asked CRA tax questions. For more detailed answers to your legal, tax-related questions, call to schedule your free consultation* with Dale at toll-free 1-877-8-TAX-TAX or visit www.fightthecra.ca
[The actual questions and answers that I would like in the ad are as follows:]
I have an existing tax debt; in order to prevent the Canada Revenue Agency from seizing my bank account and/or protecting my property from seizure, can I transfer it to my spouse or other relative?
If you have a pre-existing tax debt, Section 160 of the Income Tax Act allows the CRA to pursue your spouse or other non-arm’s length party who is in receipt of funds or property. If they have received funds or property, they will become responsible for the lesser of the tax debt or the value of the property transferred. In this case, any money transferred from your bank account would be considered “property”.
If the CRA places a lien on my home, can I still obtain a 2nd mortgage on it?
Whether or not you can get a 2nd mortgage on the property would depend on the lender and on the amount of equity remaining; however, there is no legal obstacle against obtaining one.
I lied on my tax return and am worried the CRA will find out. Should I consider participating in the CRA’s Voluntary Disclosure Program?
A successful voluntary disclosure is the only way that you can be guaranteed that there will be no criminal prosecution and no civil penalties, which can be up to 50% of the tax owing. Success depends on various factors and a tax lawyer can help you obtain the protection of the VDP as long as the program’s requirements are fulfilled. These requirements can be found at www.fightthecra.ca/VDP
How do I lodge a formal complaint against a CRA employee?
All complaints must be done in writing via form RC193 available at www.cra.gc.ca/complaints or 1-800-959-2221. If upon submitting your complaint, a satisfactory resolution has not be offered, then you may contact the Taxpayers’ Ombudsman office at 1-866-586-3839 or taxpayersrights.gc.ca to have them review the decision made by the CRA.
[The end of the ad should promote Barrett Tax Law, which should read:]
Have more questions? Barrett Tax Law has answers.
Call for a free consultation with a tax lawyer*
[And the corporate logo with slogan should be located somewhere in the ad. See attachment]
[And somewhere at the bottom of the ad should have the following disclaimer with the asterisk in small print:]
*Conditions apply. Visit fightthecra.ca/free-consultation for details.
[Also, I've attached several images that can be used in your ad (although not a requirement)...I haven't purchased the images yet, but of course will be purchasing the image for the winning ad, and the winner will need to do a final update with the purchased image. If you would like to browse for additional images that you think would be a better fit for the ad, please do so at www.shutterstock.com]
[Size of the half-page, horizontal, full-color, ad: 7.0625" x 4.625"
Resolution of the images should be minimum 300 DPI
Ad should be in CMYK
Font, for the actual content of the ad, should be no smaller than 10pt.]