Canada Revenue Agency - Toronto Tax Services Office

Canada Revenue Agency - Toronto Tax Services Office

June 05, 2007 11:49 ET

Canada Revenue Agency: Durham Bar Owner Fined $26,575 for Making False Statements

OSHAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 5, 2007) - Robert William Landry, of Oshawa, was fined $26,575 in the Ontario Court of Justice in Oshawa after pleading guilty June 1, 2007 to two counts of making a false or deceptive statement in his federal income tax and goods and services tax (GST) returns for the 2000 and 2001 tax years. The fine represents 50% of the federal taxes he tried to evade.

Mr. Landry had been in the bar and restaurant business for more than ten years. He operated an Oshawa bar/restaurant known as Durham Arms or Durham Arms Fish & Chips until July 2005.

A Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) investigation revealed that Mr. Landry had not declared $185,345 of income from his bar/restaurant in 2000 and 2001. That resulted in $31,321 of federal tax Mr. Landry tried to evade.

Mr. Landry also under remitted the net GST payment of $21,829 by understating the taxable sales amount in 2000 and 2001 tax years.

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 fine them up to 200% of the tax evaded and sentence them to a two-year jail term. 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 http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/convictions/

Contact Information

  • Canada Revenue Agency
    Jelica Zdero
    Communications Manager
    (905) 615-2126
    Website: www.cra-arc.gc.ca