Canada Revenue Agency - Toronto Tax Services Office

Canada Revenue Agency - Toronto Tax Services Office

March 15, 2007 16:48 ET

Canada Revenue Agency: St. Catharines Businessman Fined $8,000 for not Filing Tax Returns

HAMILTON, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - March 15, 2007) - Rodrigo Pineda of St. Catharines, Ontario, was found guilty on March 13, 2007 of not filing tax returns. He was fined $8,000 in the Ontario Court of Justice in Hamilton.

Pineda, who was self-employed, pleaded guilty to not filing personal income tax returns for the 1997 to 2000 taxation years. He was fined $2,000 for each year. Justice Bennett, the judge presiding over the case, told Pineda, "You are very lucky you are not going to jail today".

Anyone who does not file a personal or corporate income tax return or a return for goods and services tax/harmonized sales tax, 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 12 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 Canada Revenue Agency (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

Contact Information

  • Canada Revenue Agency
    Jelica Zdero
    (905) 615-2126