MONTREAL, Dec. 7 /CNW Telbec/ - Constructions Louisbourg Ltd. and
Simard-Beaudry Construction Inc., two Laval construction companies,
pleaded guilty today to tax evasion charges at the Laval courthouse.
They were fined $3,346,959 and $783,269 respectively, which represents
100% of the federal income tax they tried to evade. In addition to the
fines imposed by the Court, the companies will have to pay the full
amount of taxes owing, plus related interest and any penalties that
The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) investigation launched in 2009 revealed
that, for tax years 2003 to 2008, Constructions Louisbourg Ltd. claimed
a total of $15,334,174 in non-deductible expenses and made false
entries to its accounting records to hide the real nature of certain
expenses. The investigation also revealed that, for tax years 2005 to
2008, Simard-Beaudry Construction Inc. wilfully contravened the Income Tax Act by deducting $3,575,335 of fictitious expenses from false invoices.
False invoicing is a scheme through which individuals or companies
obtain invoices from generally inactive companies for fictitious work.
The invoices are then used to fraudulently reduce the companies' or
individuals' revenues. The resulting tax savings are shared by the
scheme's participants to use as off-the-books salaries or for personal
The Canada Revenue Agency pursues tax evaders to maintain public
confidence in the integrity of the tax system.
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 www.cra.gc.ca/voluntarydisclosures.
The information in this news release was obtained from the court
More information on convictions can be found on the Media page of the
CRA Web site at www.cra.gc.ca/convictions.
SOURCE Canada Revenue Agency
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