Canada Revenue Agency

Canada Revenue Agency

July 22, 2011 09:34 ET

House Arrest for Failing to File Tax Returns

BRAMPTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 22, 2011) - The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) announced today that Robert Sproats, of Brampton, was sentenced to 2 months of house arrest after pleading guilty in the Ontario Court of Justice in Brampton on July 15, 2011, to two counts of failing to file personal tax returns. Mr. Sproats failed to file personal income tax returns for the 2008 and 2009 taxation years. The income tax return for 2009 has now been filed.

The preceding information was obtained from the court records.

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.

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 valid disclosure before they become aware of any compliance action being initiated by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) 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

Further information on convictions can be found in the Media Room on the CRA website at

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