General Store And Its President Fined For Sales Tax Evasion

    Failed To File 29 Returns And Remit Taxes Collected Over Three Years

    THUNDER BAY, ON, March 5 /CNW/ - The company that operates a Kashabowie
general store and its president are facing more than $18,000 in fines and
court-imposed penalties as a result of the corporation's failure to remit
$33,750 in Provincial Sales Tax (PST) collected from customers over a
three-year period.
    Sandra Fogen, president and sole director of Kashabowie Enterprises Inc.,
pleaded guilty February 16 on her own behalf and the company's to charges
under the Retail Sales Tax Act.
    Justice of the Peace Marcel Donio fined Fogen and the company $7,500
each, and granted them 12 months to pay. They must also pay surcharges
totaling $3,750 to the Ontario Victims' Justice Fund.
    Court heard that Kashabowie Enterprises Inc. recently made a substantial
payment towards the tax owing.
    The Ministry of Finance laid the charges after an investigation confirmed
that the company - which operates under the trade names Kashabowie Store &
Lodging and The Kash Stop - had failed to file 29 monthly returns and did not
remit $33,750 of the $50,730 in PST it collected between July 2001 and
June 2004.

    The Ontario Ministry of Finance operates a Voluntary Disclosure Program.
Corporations and individuals may come forward and voluntarily report past
violations of provincial tax laws, and pay any amounts owing. Prosecution and
civil negligence penalties are waived in such cases. To qualify for immunity
from prosecution and civil penalties a disclosure must be truly voluntary - it
cannot be prompted by a request for access to a taxpayer's business records or
other ministry enforcement action.

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For further information: Scott Blodgett, Ministry of Finance, (416)

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