Canada Revenue Agency

Canada Revenue Agency

April 20, 2015 13:12 ET

Failing to File a Tax Return Will Cost You

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - April 20, 2015) - The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) announced today that for the period December 1, 2014 to April 20, 2015, a total of 10 Ontario residents were convicted and sentenced for failing to file corporate, personal and/or GST/HST returns. The courts levied a total of $97,000 in fines and ordered that all returns be filed. In particular, the following individuals pleaded guilty and were sentenced for failure to file tax returns:

Name of Taxpayer Total Fine
Clay Canada of Mississauga $1,000
Donald MacMillan of Alexandria $2,000
Jacqueline Tobin of Inkerman $3,000
John Baerg of Brampton $20,000
John Mesquita of Ottawa $2,000
Kent Scott of Prescott $10,000
Laura-Lee Watling-Scott of Prescott $3,000
Michael Moldenhauer of Mississauga $49,000
Scott Whitman of London $3,000
Sutharsan Ambalavanar of Ajax $4,000

The preceding information was obtained from the court records.

"Canadian taxpayers must have confidence in the fairness of the tax system," said Vince Pranjivan, Assistant Commissioner of the Ontario Region. "To maintain that confidence, the Canada Revenue Agency is determined to hold those who fail to file their returns accountable for their actions."

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.

If you have ever made a tax mistake or omission, the CRA is offering you a second chance to make things right through its Voluntary Disclosures Program (VDP). If you make a valid disclosure before you become aware that the CRA is taking action against you, you may only have to pay the taxes owing plus interest. More information on the VDP can be found on the CRA's website at www.cra.gc.ca/voluntarydisclosures.

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

Contact Information

  • Sam Papadopoulos
    Manager, Communications
    416-952-8096