A Québec City resident fined $45,350 for tax fraud

    QUEBEC, June 11 /CNW Telbec/ - Martine Moreau, a Québec City resident,
was found guilty of tax fraud today before the Court of Quebec. She was fined
$45,350, which represents 100% of the income tax she tried to evade.
    The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) investigation revealed that, for the 2004
taxation year, Martine Moreau enabled her spouse to fraudulently claim
overvalued or false deductions in his income tax return using forged slips.
    Ms. Moreau altered a Statement of Pension, Retirement, Annuity and Other
Income (T4A) by adding a withholding tax of $35,791. She also tried to evade
paying $8,734 in income tax by claiming a $40,000 RRSP contribution using a
falsified receipt, as well as $825 in income tax by submitting a falsified
certificate for $5, 157 in tuition fees.
    In addition to the fine imposed by the Court, Ms. Moreau must pay the
full amount of the taxes she tried to evade, all related interest, and any
civil penalties that apply.
    The CRA prosecutes tax evaders to maintain public confidence in the
integrity of the tax system. Canadians have to trust that our self-assessment
system is working and that it is fair.
    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 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

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