Provider of false charitable donation receipts fined more than $150,000 for tax evasion

January 16, 2019                Montréal, Quebec                Canada Revenue Agency

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) announced that Manoharan Thangarajah pleaded guilty last January 15th to a tax fraud charge before the Court of Quebec in Laval. Mr. Thangarajah was fined $150,017 in relation to this charge.

The CRA investigation revealed that, for the 2008 to 2010 tax years, Mr. Thangarajah defrauded the Government of Canada and contravened the Income Tax Act by providing false donation receipts to thirty taxpayers to help them evade or try to evade income tax. The false donation receipts totalled $570,848, which represents $150,017 in federal income tax. The CRA refused or will be refusing the false charitable donation receipts from participating taxpayers.

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

The CRA has specifically identified promoters of tax schemes, including enablers, as one of the top operational priorities of its criminal investigations program. Those who do not fully comply with tax laws place an unfair burden on law-abiding taxpayers and businesses and jeopardize the integrity of Canada's tax base. For the five-year period of April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2018, the courts have convicted 307 taxpayers. This involved $134 million in federal tax evaded and court sentences totaling approximately $37 million in court fines and 2,949 months (246 years) in jail.

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Frédérick Fink
Canada Revenue Agency
Phone: 514-283-2628

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