Laval resident convicted of tax evasion

    LAVAL, QC, April 21 /CNW Telbec/ - Rosaria Rossini, of Laval, pleaded
guilty yesterday to tax evasion charges before the Court of Quebec. She was
fined $6,178, which represents 50% of the federal tax she tried to evade.
    The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) investigation revealed that for the 2003
and 2004 taxation years, Ms. Rossini voluntarily failed to declare income of
$30,000 and $40,000, respectively, thus enabling her to evade $12,357 in
federal taxes.
    The vast majority of Canadians pay their taxes in full and on time. In
fairness to them, the CRA has put effective and rigorous programs in place to
identify those people who try to avoid paying the taxes they owe.
    In addition to the fines imposed by the Court, Ms. Rossini will have to
pay the full amount of taxes owing plus interest and any penalty that may
    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

    The information in this news release was obtained from the court records.

    Further information on convictions can be found on the Media room page of
the CRA Web site at

For further information:

For further information: Christiane Joachim, Communications Manager,
(514) 283-2464, ext. 8288, Toll-free: 1-800-292-3430, ext. 8288

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