MONTREAL, Sept. 3 /CNW Telbec/ - David Koenka, of Montréal, pleaded
guilty yesterday of tax fraud charges before the Court of Quebec. He was fined
$13,458, which represents 50% of the federal tax he tried to evade.
The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) investigation revealed that for the 2006
taxation year, Mr. Koenka voluntarily contravened the Income Tax Act,
attempting to reduce his taxable income by filing a false expense claim in the
amount of $119,126 for services rendered by Smith et Koenka Architectes.
In addition to the fines imposed by the Court, Mr. Koenka will have to
pay the full amount of taxes owing plus applicable interest and penalties.
The vast majority of Canadians pay their taxes in full and on time. In
fairness to them, the CRA has put into place effective and rigorous programs
to identify those people who try to avoid paying taxes.
Individuals who have not filed returns for past taxation 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 full
disclosure before the CRA takes any action or opens an investigation. These
individuals will have to pay only the taxes owing, plus interest. More
information on the Voluntary Disclosures Program can be found on the CRA Web
site at www.cra.gc.ca/voluntarydisclosures.
The information in this news release was obtained from the court records.
Further information on convictions can be found in the Media Room on the
CRA website at www.cra.gc.ca/convictions.
For further information:
For further information: Serge Paradis, Communications Manager, (514)
283-2464, ext. 8225, Toll-free: 1-800-292-3430, ext. 8225