Les Constructions Plante et Fils found guilty of tax fraud

    LAVAL, QC, June 16 /CNW Telbec/ - Les Constructions Plante et Fils Inc.,
of Laval, pleaded guilty today to tax fraud charges before the Court of
Quebec. It was fined $31,300, which represents 75% of the federal income tax
it tried to evade.
    The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) investigation revealed that for the 2002
to 2005 tax years, Les Constructions Plante et Fils Inc. claimed fraudulent
expenses totalling $251,414 on its income tax returns. The expenses were based
on false invoices. This scheme enabled it to help third parties evade $41,734
in federal tax.
    In addition to the fine imposed by the Court, the company will have to
pay the full amount of the taxes 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 effective and rigorous programs in place to
identify those people who try to avoid paying the taxes they owe.
    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.
    More information on convictions can be found on the Media room page of
the CRA Web site at www.cra.gc.ca/convictions.

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

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