Saskatoon StarPhoenix

Revenue agency levies non-filing fines

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About $21,000 worth of fines for failure to file personal, corporate or goods and services tax returns were levied in the two months between Feb. 15 and Wednesday, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has announced.

The fines result from provincial court orders in cases involving individual­s or companies in northern Saskatchew­an.

They are in addition to the interest and taxes owed and other penalties that may be determined by the CRA.

An individual or company that does not file a personal, corporate or GST return is guilty of an offence, as are those who do not comply with a court order to file.

If convicted, a person or corporatio­n is subject to a fine of $1,000 to $25,000 and up to 12 months in prison for each count.

Those who have not filed returns for previous years can still do so without penalty, provided it is done before the CRA has taken any action or investigat­ion against them.

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