I have an interesting episode recently, which drew my attention one of the great lies about taxes. That lie (quote) is:
I am from the Government and I am here to help you.
I’ve forgotten who came up with that quote, but it is rather apropos in this age.
Now, we in Canada are familiar with Phoenix, specifically the government’s payroll system. Most people who receive a T4 out of this system approach the slip with some trepidation. They are not convinced that the slip is correct. Even when they check against their bank account and the amounts deposited match the slip.
So then, why do people trust the tax slip download (called Auto-Fill My Return) from the Canada Revenue Agency as if it is gospel?