Canada Revenue Agency - Toronto Tax Services Office

Canada Revenue Agency - Toronto Tax Services Office

March 22, 2007 11:29 ET

Ajax Contractor Fined $9,000 for Tax Evasion

OSHAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - March 22, 2007) - John Balint (also known as Ioan Balint) of Ajax, pleaded guilty to tax evasion in the Ontario Court of Justice in Oshawa on March 21, 2007. He was fined $9,000.

Mr. Balint, a sub-contractor in the interior construction and renovation business, pleaded guilty to evading the payment of federal income taxes and goods and services tax (GST). The fines must be paid within 12 months.

A Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) investigation revealed that Mr. Balint under-reported his taxable income in the amount of $74,882 for the 2001 to 2003 tax years. Furthermore, the investigation revealed that Mr. Balint also under-remitted GST in the amount of $6,127 for the same period.
Mr. Balint was charged under the Income Tax Act for evading federal income tax and under the Excise Tax Act for evading the payment of GST.

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

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

Contact Information

  • Media information:
    Jelica Zdero
    Communications Manager
    (905) 615-2126