Markham Used Car Dealer Convicted

    Court Orders $50,000 Fine

    TORONTO, May 4 /CNW/ - A senior official of a company that ran a Markham
auto dealer has been convicted and fined $50,000 on March 30, 2009 in the
Ontario Court of Justice in Richmond Hill.
    Sivasoruban Sivarajapillai - the director of 1424412 Ontario Limited,
which was operating as Ben Auto Sales - was fined for failing to remit Retail
Sales Tax (RST) collected by the corporation from its customers.
    The Ministry of Revenue's Special Investigations Branch charged the
corporation and Sivarajapillai after discovering they failed to remit RST in
the amount of $91,359 between September 2001 and May 2005.
    Sivarajapillai pleaded guilty to the Retail Sales Tax Act charge and
entered a guilty plea for the corporation. He must also pay a $12,500
surcharge to the Victims' Justice Fund. The corporation was given a suspended
    Ben Auto Sales, located at 4468-4486 Steeles Ave East in Markham has
ceased operations.
    In addition to court-imposed fines and surcharges, businesses convicted
of tax offences must repay any taxes owing plus civil negligence penalties and
interest, if any.
    The Ministry of Revenue 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 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.


    Read about Retail Sales Tax

    Learn more about Voluntary Disclosure

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