Canada Revenue Agency - Toronto Tax Services Office

Canada Revenue Agency - Toronto Tax Services Office

April 11, 2007 14:09 ET

Canada Revenue Agency: Former Brampton Tax Protester Fined Again for Tax Evasion

BRAMPTON, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - April 11, 2007) - Former Brampton resident Paul Ricci was sentenced today after being found guilty of tax evasion in Brampton Provincial Court on February 7, 2007. Ricci was fined $40,627, given a one-year conditional sentence, and ordered to complete 200 hours of community service.

A Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) investigation revealed that Ricci, a sales representative, failed to report earnings of $223,672, from which no tax was withheld at source. For the years 2001 to 2003 the amount of federal tax he tried to evade was $40,627.

Throughout the court proceedings, Ricci espoused his belief that the compensation received by him as a 'natural person' became his private property, free from tax. He also maintained that the Income Tax Act is illegal. The Court concluded that Ricci's arguments and claims have no legal basis.

The court sentencing today took into consideration that, in September 2002, Ricci was found guilty of the same tax offences for the 1995 to 2000 taxation years. At that time, he was fined $29,211 and given two years to pay, or six months in jail in case of default.

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 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 Web site at www.cra.gc.ca

Contact Information

  • Canada Revenue Agency
    Peter Delis
    Communications Manager
    416-512-4135