Canada Revenue Agency

Canada Revenue Agency

June 08, 2009 14:15 ET

Canada Revenue Agency: Caledon East Resident Fined $38,087 for Tax Evasion

BRAMPTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 8, 2009) - On June 3, 2009 Russell Conroy of Caledon East pleaded guilty to one count of tax evasion in the Ontario Court of Justice in Brampton. Mr. Conroy, who formerly operated Russell Staffing Inc, a temporary staffing business, was fined a total of $38,087 and was ordered to pay the fine within 6 months. The fine is 50% of the federal income tax evaded by Mr. Conroy.

Individuals who have not filed returns for previous years, or who have not reported all of their income, can still voluntarily correct their tax affairs. They will not be penalized or prosecuted if they make a full disclosure before the Agency starts any action or investigation against them. These individuals may only have to pay the taxes owing, plus interest. More information on the Voluntary Disclosures Program (VDP) can be found on the CRA's website at

When individuals or corporations are convicted of tax evasion, they have to pay the full amount of taxes owing, plus interest, and any penalties the CRA assesses. In cases of gross negligence, the Income Tax Act and the Excise Tax Act allow the CRA to assess a penalty of up to 50% of the unpaid taxes or the improperly claimed benefit. In addition, the court may, on summary conviction, fine them 50% to 200% of the taxes evaded, and sentence them to a jail term of up to two years.

The Agency seeks publicity on convictions to maintain public confidence in the integrity of the self-assessment system and to increase compliance with the law through the deterrent effect of media coverage.

The information in this news release was obtained from the court records.

Further information on convictions can be found in the Media Room on the CRA website at

Contact Information

  • Canada Revenue Agency
    Colin Kohlsmith
    Manager, Communications