Alyanna Lapuz, 21 from Winnipeg on January 7th this year received a letter from the Canadian Revenue Agency(CRA) addressed to the "Estate of the Late Alyanna Lapuz".
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|A document Lapuz showed the CBC indicates she died according to public records on September 15, 2015. We all know that according to the old saying nothing is certain but death and taxes. The original quote is from Benjamin Franklin but a similar sentiment occurs earlier by Daniel Defoe in 1726. However, there is obviously a different relationship that can occur between death and taxes. At least in the case of the Canadian Revenue Agency, the tax collector can kill you, and although you are actually still alive, you are dead as far as the CRA is concerned. The CRA may also inform other government agencies that you are dead as well so you could have welfare or unemployment insurance cut off, be unable to use your Social Insurance Number (SIN), or have scholarship payments cease.|
"When CRA becomes aware of an error, we do inform our partners. The CRA responds quickly to take corrective measures when an error is reported. In fact, the CRA aims to rectify the situation within 24 hours."Yet it took CRA over three weeks to have Lapuz' death reversed. Bob Campbell of the Union of Taxation Employees said some errors of this sort will inevitably happen but also points out that over the last four years over 6,000 jobs have been cut from the CRA leaving less people to do more work. The cuts in staffing means that there are fewer staff to do deal with issues such as that of Lapuz.