Canada Revenue Agency

Canada Revenue Agency

October 12, 2007 14:41 ET

Marina Operator Docked by House Arrest for Not Filing Taxes

PETERBOROUGH, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 12, 2007) - Garth Charles Scarborough, of Oshawa, pleaded guilty on September 20, 2006, to one count of not filing a tax return. On September 20, 2007, Mr. Scarborough was sentenced to four months of house arrest and 80 hours of community service for failing to file his 1995 personal income tax return as required.

On October 3, 2007, Mr. Scarborough pleaded guilty to an additional six counts of not filing his 1996 to 2001 tax returns. He was sentenced to four months of house arrest, to be served concurrently with the September 20, 2007 sentence.

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) made several requests for the tax returns before serving Mr. Scarborough with notices demanding that the returns be filed. His failure to comply with these notices resulted in charges being laid.

When individuals or corporations are convicted of failing to file tax returns, in addition to any fines imposed by the courts, they are still obligated to file the tax return and pay the full amount of taxes owing, plus interest, as well as any civil penalties that may be assessed by the CRA.

Anyone who does not file a personal or corporate income tax return or a GST return as required, or who does not comply with a court order to file is guilty of an offence. On summary conviction, a person or corporation is subject to a fine of $1,000 to $25,000 and imprisonment for up to twelve months for each count. The fine is in addition to the taxes and interest owed, as well as any civil penalties that may be assessed by the CRA.

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

Further information on convictions can also be found in the Media Room on the CRA website at www.cra-arc.gc.ca/convictions.

Contact Information

  • Media information:
    Canada Revenue Agency
    Sara Monture - Communications Manager
    (905) 615-2838