Originally Posted by Lefort
Question: If one were to begin declaring poker income for the 2010 year, and that income was something substantially larger than the average Canadian income (say, $200-300k for the sake of having a number), and that person's prior 3 or 4 year's returns had basically zero income, would THAT raise a flag for looking into prior years and back-taxes? Or is it the same ol' "depends on whether the CRA worker you get has the ability to think etc.."?
it could raise a flag, but it's simple to explain: you weren't a professional last year but now you are. make sure not to hide the source of income if asked.
some CRA employees might actually think that you shouldn't even be paying any taxes now either and will send you back your money (read a few pages back itt).