Canada Revenue Agency - Toronto Tax Services Office

Canada Revenue Agency - Toronto Tax Services Office

April 18, 2007 16:29 ET

CRA Uncovers $61.8M Owed by Non-Filers in the Hamilton Area

HAMILTON, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - April 18, 2007) - The Canada Revenue Agency reported that between April 2006 and February 2007, the Hamilton Tax Services Office assessed 6,983 late-filed tax returns. The additional taxes, penalty and interest from these returns totalled $61,798,599.

In addition, from April 1, 2006 to March 31, 2007, six Hamilton-area individuals were found guilty of failing to file income tax returns in Ontario Courts of Justice in Hamilton, Burlington and Oakville. They were fined a total of $17,750.

- Gary Barber, of Burlington, was fined $1,000 for not filing the 2003 and 2004 corporate income tax returns for Barber Bros. Company Ltd. All returns have now been filed.

- Richard A. McMaster, of Paris, was fined $3,750 for not filing 2002, 2003 and 2004 individual income tax returns. Mr. McMaster has since filed the 2002 return and has a court order until June 2007 to file the remaining returns.

- Rodrigo Pineda, of St. Catharines, was fined $8,000 for not filing 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, and 2001 individual income tax returns. All returns have now been filed.

- Halid Sefic, of Burlington, was fined $2,000 for not filing 2003 and 2004 individual income tax returns and the 2004 corporate income tax return for Burlington Contracting Ltd. All returns have now been filed.

- Robert R. Williamson, of Burlington, was fined $1,000 for not filing 2003 and 2004 individual income tax returns. All returns have now been filed.

- John Wang, of Hamilton, was fined $2,000 for not filing the 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003 corporate income tax returns for J.F.W. Export & Import Corp. All returns have now been filed.

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 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 CRA.

The information in this news release relating to convictions 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.

Contact Information

  • Canada Revenue Agency
    Jelica Zdero
    Communications Manager
    (416) 303-1564
    Website: www.cra.gc.ca