Toronto tax preparer sentenced for tax evasion

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) announced that David Gnanaratnam of Toronto, Ontario, was sentenced November 30, 2017 in the Ontario Court of Justice in Toronto to a conditional sentence of six months and a court imposed fine of $30,000. Mr. Gnanaratnam had previously pleaded guilty on November 23, 2017, to one count of evading income tax under the Income Tax Act.

A CRA investigation revealed that in the course of operating a tax preparation business, Mr. Gnanaratnam claimed false employment expenses on the personal tax returns of 24 of his clients for the 2013 tax year. As a result, Mr. Gnanaratnam wilfully evaded or attempted to evade payment of taxes by his clients totalling $36,035.

All case-specific information above was obtained from the court records.

To maintain public confidence in the integrity of our tax system, the CRA is determined to hold tax evaders, and those that facilitate tax evasion, accountable for their actions. Between April 1, 2006, and March 31, 2017, the courts convicted 55 tax preparers for tax evasion related to their tax affairs or those of their clients. The courts sentenced the tax preparers to over $4.6 million in fines and 703 months of jail time.

Tax evasion impacts all of us. You can report suspected tax evasion over the Internet or by contacting the National Leads Centre at 1-866-809-6841. Your identity will not be disclosed and you may provide information anonymously.

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Associated Links

Offshore Tax Informant Program
Informant Leads Program
Voluntary Disclosures Program

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