Mill­brook store owner faces charges


The owner of a Mill­brook busi­ness has been charged by the Canada Rev­enue Agency (CRA) for fail­ing to pay taxes to­tal­ing more than $2 mil­lion.

Lisa L. Mar­shall, who op­er­ates the Tra­di­tional Trad­ing Post con­ve­nience store, is charged with will­fully evad­ing or at­tempt­ing to evade com­pli­ance with the Ex­cise Tax Act.

A news re­lease from the CRA said its in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­vealed Mar­shall failed to col­lect or re­mit Goods and Ser­vices Tax/har­mo­nized Sales Tax (GST/HST) to­tal­ing $2,284,144.72 on sales of to­bacco to non-na­tives be­tween July 1, 2010 and June 30, 2015.

If con­victed, reg­is­trants who fail to re­mit GST/HST ow­ing to the gov­ern­ment are li­able not only for pay­ment of the full amount of GST/HST ow­ing, but also to penal­ties and in­ter­est. A con­vic­tion for tax eva­sion could also re­sult in a ne of up to 200 per cent of the tax evaded and a jail term of up to ve years.

e CRA said any­one who has made an omis­sion in their deal­ings with the agency, has made a tax mis­take or left out de­tails on their tax re­turn, could be given a sec­ond chance to cor­rect the in­for­ma­tion and avoid crim­i­nal pros­e­cu­tion.

e Vol­un­tary Dis­clo­sures Pro­gram (VDP) o ers an op­por­tu­nity to come for­ward, make things right, and have peace of mind.

No date for a court ap­pear­ance was pro­vided.

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