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
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
2017-03-28 Montréal technology company and its administrators guilty of SR&ED tax fraud Quebec
2017-06-28 Surrey businessman sentenced for tax evasion British Columbia
2017-06-13 Canadian and British tax investigators conduct multiple searches in Canada and the UK National
2017-04-05 Vancouver stock promoter charged with tax fraud British Columbia
2017-06-21 Les Manufacturiers Multiprint Ltd. fined $1 million for tax evasion Quebec
2017-04-21 Tax fraud and forgery charges filed against a St. John’s man for creating and filing false T4s

Newfoundland and Labrador

2017-04-19 Calgary man found guilty of fraud and tax evasion for his scheme to steal money from investors Alberta
2017-04-19 Vancouver real estate developer was fined $300,000 for goods and services tax evasion British Columbia
2017-02-28 Paradigm “educator” sentenced to 2.5 years in jail for tax protester scheme British Columbia
2017-03-08 A Québec City company guilty of tax fraud Quebec

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 The CRA's Criminal Investigations Program.

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