GATINEAU, QC, Oct. 26 /CNW Telbec/ - Jean-Guy Plouffe, of Gatineau, pleaded guilty last Friday to tax evasion charges before the Court of Quebec. He was fined $22,000.
The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) investigation revealed that for the 2004 to 2006 taxation years, Jean-Guy Plouffe voluntarily contravened the Income Tax Act (ITA) by omitting to declare $152,992 in taxable income. In order to do so, Mr. Plouffe only remitted to his accountant some of the sales receipts from his two businesses, Les Toitures Plouffe and Jean-Guy Plouffe. The undeclared sales were deposited in his personal bank account or in his spouse's account.
In addition to the fines imposed by the Court, Mr. Plouffe will have to pay the full amount of taxes owing plus interest and any penalty that may 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 website at www.cra.gc.ca/convictions.
SOURCE Canada Revenue Agency
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