A Beaconsfield resident fined for tax evasion

    MONTREAL, Feb. 18 /CNW Telbec/ - Louise Couture-Richard, of Beaconsfield,
pleaded guilty today to tax fraud charges before the Court of Quebec. She was
fined $23, 398, which represents 160% of the federal tax evaded.
    The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) investigation revealed that, for the 2002
and 2003 taxation years, Ms. Couture-Richard deducted $17,023 and $43,369,
respectively, in false maintenance and repair expenses for a rental property
located in Pointe-Claire. To do so, she falsified invoices related to her
personal residence and then used them as rental expenses on her tax returns.
    In addition to the fine imposed by the Court, Ms. Couture-Richard will
have to pay the full amount of taxes owing plus interest and any penalties
that apply.
    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 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 full
disclosure before the CRA takes any action or starts an investigation
concerning them. These individuals will only have to pay 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 Web site at www.cra.gc.ca/convictions.

For further information:

For further information: media: Serge Paradis, Communications Manager,
(514) 283-2464, ext. 8225, Toll-free: 1-800-292-3430, ext. 8225

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