Canada Revenue Agency

Canada Revenue Agency

June 05, 2008 14:10 ET

CRA: Markham Trucker Fined $10,090 for Tax Evasion

NEWMARKET, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 5, 2008) - Vincent Lyttleton, of Markham, was found guilty on May 27, 2008, in the Ontario Court of Justice in Newmarket of 11 counts of tax evasion. Mr. Lyttleton, proprietor of V. Lyttleton & Son Haulage, was fined $10,090 and given one year to pay.

A Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) investigation revealed Mr. Lyttleton failed to declare gross business income in the amount of $83,184 in 2001 and $17,532 in 2002. The investigation further determined he filed understated GST returns for his business for periods between January 1, 2001 and December 31, 2002.

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 cases of gross negligence, the Income Tax Act and Excise Tax Act allow the CRA to assess a penalty of up to 50% of the unpaid tax or the improperly claimed benefit. In addition, the court may, on summary conviction, fine them 50% to 200% of the tax evaded, and sentence them to a jail term of up to two years.

The information in this news release was obtained from the court records.

Further information on convictions can be found in the Media Room on the CRA website at www.cra.gc.ca/convictions.

Contact Information

  • CRA
    Sara Monture, Communications Manager
    905-615-2838