Enforcement notifications: compliance actions

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) advises the media of cases of people, corporations, and trusts convicted in the courts for tax evasion or for failing to file income tax returns when required. The information released to the media is available to the public since it is derived strictly from court records and not from confidential information held by the CRA.

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Date Description Province/Territory
2019-07-18 Tax evasion and fraud charges laid in joint organized crime investigation with York Regional Police Ontario
2019-06-17 Markham resident gets six months conditional sentence, fined for GST/HST fraud Ontario
2019-06-12 International tax evasion: CRA conducts 15 searches in Ontario and Quebec Ontario
2019-06-11 New Brunswick trucking company and owner guilty of tax evasion New Brunswick
2019-06-04 Former St. John’s business owner sentenced for fraud Newfoundland
2019-05-23 Winnipeg insulation company guilty of falsifying books and records Manitoba
2019-05-03 Anmore land developer and builder sentenced for tax evasion British Columbia
2019-04-10 Hamilton resident sentenced for fraudulent child tax benefit claims Ontario
2019-04-05 Conditional sentence for a Montréal tax protester Quebec
2019-03-28 Panama Papers: CRA executing search warrants in $77 million tax evasion case British Columbia
2019-03-11 Tax preparer extradited to Canada for tax fraud Ontario
2019-02-27 A Victoriaville tax protester sentenced for fraud Quebec
2019-02-12 Money laundering scheme: enforcement measures taken by the Canada Revenue Agency in a joint investigation with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Quebec
2019-02-01 Regina man fined and sentenced to jail term for tax fraud Saskatchewan
2019-01-30 Ingersoll transportation company fined for tax offences Ontario
2019-01-17 Ottawa dentist sentenced for tax fraud and laundering proceeds of crime Ontario
2019-01-16 Provider of false charitable donation receipts fined more than $150,000 for tax evasion Quebec
2019-01-11 Surrey lawyer and businessman sentenced for tax evasion British Columbia
2019-01-07 St. John’s car dealer guilty of tax evasion Newfoundland
2018-12-14 Edmonton tax preparer jailed again for tax fraud Alberta
2018-12-10 Ottawa resident sentenced for tax evasion Ontario
2018-11-22 Property seized as proceeds of crime in tax evasion case Ontario
2018-11-16 Lake Cowichan businessman sentenced for tax evasion British Columbia
2018-10-31 Millbrook resident charged with evading $2.2 million in taxes Nova Scotia
2018-08-29 Calgary drilling consultant sentenced to jail and fined on tax evasion charges Alberta
2018-08-07 Conditional Sentence for a Tax Protester Quebec
2018-08-07 Granby Company Sentenced for Tax Evasion Quebec
2018-08-03 Owner of Toronto Temporary Staffing Agencies Charged with Tax Fraud Ontario
2018-05-03 Brampton Tax Preparer Sentenced for Tax Fraud Ontario
2018-04-16 Surrey real estate developer sentenced for GST/HST fraud British Columbia
2018-04-09 Appeal denied for Winnipeg man sentenced to 4 year jail term for tax evasion Manitoba
2018-03-22 Toronto resident jailed for defrauding the CRA Ontario
2018-03-08 Paradigm "educator" sentenced to 4.5 years in jail for tax protester scheme British Columbia
2018-02-14 Canada Revenue Agency conducts Panama Papers related searches in multiple locations
2018-02-09 Sentences for two tax protesters Quebec
2018-02-09 Cochrane liquor store owner sentenced on tax offences Alberta
2018-01-05 Toronto tax preparer sentenced for tax evasion Ontario
2017-12-18 Cobourg resident sentenced for tax evasion Ontario
2017-12-08 Burnaby resident sentenced for tax evasion British Columbia
2017-12-07 Tax protesters: charges laid against four individuals
2017-11-17 Toronto resident sentenced to five years in prison for GST/HST fraud
2017-09-15 Former Calgary man sentenced to 11 years in jail and fined $550,892 for tax evasion and fraud Alberta
2017-10-16 Ontario propane supplier pleads guilty to tax evasion Ontario
2017-08-30 Surrey resident sentenced for tax evasion on real estate sales and rentals British Columbia

Why the CRA seeks publicity on criminal investigation cases

The vast majority of Canadians pay their taxes. In fairness to all those law-abiding citizens, the CRA conducts compliance programs to ensure the uniform application of the laws it administers.

The CRA seeks publicity on conviction in the case of tax evasion. It does this to maintain confidence in the integrity of the self-assessment system, and to increase compliance with the law through the deterrent effect of such publicity.

The CRA may also seek publicity at different stages of an investigation, for example when information relating to the laying of criminal charges becomes available to the public through court records, to warn Canadians of potential fraud schemes.

If you have information about a suspected violation of any tax law, please contact the CRA Informant Leads Program.

The Voluntary Disclosures Program (VDP) promotes compliance with Canada’s tax laws by encouraging taxpayers to come forward to correct inaccurate or incomplete information and/or to disclose information that has not previously been reported to the CRA. Taxpayers may avoid penalties or prosecution if they make a valid disclosure before they become aware of any compliance action being taken by the CRA against them. These taxpayers will have to pay the taxes owing, plus interest.

For more information about the Criminal Investigations Program, go to Combatting tax crimes.

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