OTTAWA, Dec. 10, 2018 /CNW/ - The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) announced that, on November 28, 2018, Ryan Langtry of Ottawa, Ontario, was sentenced to a nine-month conditional sentence, including six months of house arrest, and a fine of $68,000. On August 21, 2017, Langtry pleaded guilty in the Ontario Court of Justice in Ottawa to one count each of income tax evasion and Goods and Services Tax/Harmonized Sales Tax (GST/HST) evasion. In addition to the court imposed fine, Langtry will also have to pay the full amount of tax owing, plus related interest and any penalties assessed by the CRA.
A CRA investigation revealed that for the years 2009 to 2013, Langtry failed to report net business and rental income totalling $410,148, thereby evading federal income taxes totalling $78,061 and GST/HST totalling $57,046. During these years he earned income and collected GST/HST as sole proprietor of a business providing home renovation, lawn care, landscaping, hauling and dumping, roof repair, and snow removal services. Langtry also received income from renting out a triplex in Gloucester, Ontario.
All case-specific information above was obtained from the court records.
The CRA takes tax evasion very seriously. Tax evasion occurs when an individual or business wilfully ignores or disregards Canada's tax laws. For example, those participating in tax evasion under-report taxable income or claim expenses that are non-deductible or overstated. 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 245.75 years in jail.
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