Canada Revenue Agency

Canada Revenue Agency

April 29, 2008 13:52 ET

Canada Revenue Agency: Court Delivers House Arrest to St. Catharines Newspaper Distributor

ST. CATHARINES, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 29, 2008) - Andres Alberto Reyes, 47, of St. Catharines, was found guilty on April 28, 2008, in the Ontario Court of Justice in St. Catharines, to four counts of failing to file personal income tax returns and seven counts of failing to file GST returns. He was sentenced to 90 days house arrest and fined $1,000 per count for a total fine of $11,000. Mr. Reyes was given two years to pay. This fine is in addition to the taxes and interest owed, as well as any civil penalties that may be assessed by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

Canada Revenue Agency Commissioner William V. Baker said: "With the punishment levied today, the courts have issued notice to Canadians that failure to file tax returns is taken seriously and has significant consequences."

Mr. Reyes failed to file his personal income tax returns for 2002 to 2005. He also failed to file the GST returns for 1998 and for 2000 through to 2003 for his business, Shaark Drop Distribution. The CRA made several requests for these returns before serving Mr. Reyes with notices demanding that the returns be filed. His failure to comply with these notices resulted in charges being laid.

This is the second conviction Mr. Reyes has received for failing to file the same returns. On June 9, 2006, he was fined a total of $7,000 after he was found guilty of not filing his 2002 and 2003 personal tax returns and the 1998 and 2000 to 2005 GST returns for Shaark Drop Distribution.

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 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.gc.ca/convictions.

Contact Information

  • Canada Revenue Agency
    Sara Monture
    Manager, Communications
    (905) 615-2838