Fines, jail time for tax evaders

North Vancouver women sented to 42 months in jail for tax fraud

A North Vancouver businesswoman was sentenced to 42 months in prison for a $3.2-million tax fraud relating to her and her husband’s concrete-forming companies.

Heather Taylor was found guilty of fraud for $3.2 million, which included $2.8 million for payroll source deductions not remitted to the government and $396,767 in GST.

A Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) investigation found she and her husband withdrew more than $1.7 million from their eight companies from 2000 to 2003, far in excess of the amounts they reported on their personal tax returns. The proceeds from the fraud allowed Taylor to pay for personal expenditures such as travel, home furnishings, restaurant meals, clothing, wine and the rental of an 8,000-square-foot oceanfront house in West Vancouver.

A CRA investigation also found four shareholders of Skylight Energy Resources of Kindersley, Sask., intentionally claimed personal expenses of $337,584 as business expenses on the company’s 2003 to 2005 tax returns. Most of the falsely claimed expenses were for deluxe vacation packages.

They pled guilty to tax evasion and were fined $176,824 (200 per cent of the federal taxes and 100 per cent of the GST sought to be evaded).

And in Manitoba, Brian Berg of Winnipeg was fined $59,883 — 65 per cent of the taxes he tried to evade — after pleading guilty to tax evasion and GST fraud.

The CRA found the sole proprietor of Berg’s Plastering neglected to report $295,000 of income for 2001 to 2004. As a result of the under-reported income, his spouse also received $14,000 of Child Tax Benefit payments and GST credits to which she was not entitled.

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