Please take two minutes to View the Video of CATA's Sr. VP, Tax, Finance & Advocacy, Russ Roberts, as he discusses consultations with federal government officials, regarding contingency fees. For many small firms and the majority of all firms, contingency fees are essential to dealing with the complexity of the program and the inherent uncertainties.
View the Video
Dr. Roberts has attempted to raise the profile of whether there is an issue of systemic abuse by some, as senior CRA officials have indicated to us. To date, officials have not shared the facts that support their statements. We do not see evidence of a problem requiring a solution.
Only with a clear understanding of CRA's perspective on abuse, can we provide intelligent input as a community. If there are problems, undoubtedly there are way(s) to address them - solutions may or may not include adjustments to contingency fees.
++ Call for feedback and advocacy guidance:
Dr. Roberts moderates an SR&ED Social media Group
(800 members) that serves as a venue for the community to bring forward their experiences and seek suggestions and advice from others on practices that are more or less effective with the Canada Revenue Agency or CRA. On this Group he has started a Conversation on contingency fees, and benefits from community feedback and guidance in setting out advocacy positions on tax, finance and related matters.
If you have not done so already, please View the Video
and then join the SR&ED Group at this URL: http://www.linkedin.com/groups/SR-ED-Tax-Finance-Group-3246301/about
Help us shape CATA Advocacy today by adding to the conversation on contingency fees.