16,000 in fines to London realtor not filing tax returns

April 22nd, 2010

By Mark Feldstein, Chartered Accountant, Mark Feldstein and Associates

William Joseph McCarvell, a real estate agent in London, was fined a total of $16,000 after pleading guilty to 16 charges of failing to file personal and corporate tax returns by the required due dates.

McCarvell operated under the name Bill McCarvell Realty Inc. In June 2009, he was fined $8,000 for not filing his 2003 to 2006 personal income tax returns, as well as the 2001 to 2004 corporate returns. He was ordered him to file these eight outstanding returns with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) by September 30, 2009.

In November 2009, McCarvell pleaded guilty to not filing his 1999 to 2002 personal tax returns, as well as corporate tax returns for 1999, 2000, 2005 and 2006. He was fined an additional $8,000. A new compliance order required McCarvell to file these additional eight returns by February 1, 2010.

When convicted, in addition to court imposed fines, individuals or corporations are still obligated to file the tax return(s) and pay the full amount of taxes owing, plus interest, as well as any penalties assessed by the CRA.

If you have not filed returns, or have not reported all income, you may qualify for penalty and/or prosecution relief under the CRA’s Voluntary Disclosures Program (VDP) subject to certain conditions. One condition is that you must apply and make full disclosure before the Agency starts any action or investigation.

For more information on the Voluntary Disclosures Program contact Mark Feldstein & Associates. We specialize in taxation and accounting for Tax Amnesty. We can help. www.markfeldstein.ca