Canada Revenue Agency

Canada Revenue Agency

July 12, 2010 12:59 ET

Grand Bend Resident Fined $3,000 for Not Filing Tax Returns

SARNIA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 12, 2010) - Richard Donald Thornton, of Grand Bend, pled guilty in Ontario Court of Justice in Sarnia today to three counts of failing to file tax returns. He was fined $1,000 per count, for a total of $3,000. The court fines are in addition to any taxes and interest owed, as well as any civil penalties that may be assessed by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

Thornton, a self-employed tradesman, did not file his 2005 to 2007 personal income tax returns. He filed the outstanding tax returns after the CRA laid charges.

Individuals who have not filed returns for previous years, or who have not reported all of their income, can still voluntarily correct their tax affairs. They will not be penalized or prosecuted if they make a full disclosure before the Agency starts any action or investigation against them. These individuals may only have to pay the taxes owing, plus interest. More information on the Voluntary Disclosures Program (VDP) can be found on the CRA's website at

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

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  • Neil Shalapata
    Manager, Communications