Kitchener, Ontario, November 30, 2012 … The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) announced today that on November 28, 2012, Stephen Joseph Glofcheskie, of Baden, pleaded guilty in Ontario Court of Justice in Kitchener to a total of 6 counts of failing to file income tax and GST returns. He was fined $1,000 per count, for a total of $6,000. He also received a 15-day jail sentence. Mr. Glofcheskie has 18 months to pay the fine, and must file the outstanding returns by February 25, 2013.
Mr. Glofcheskie failed to file his 2007 to 2009 personal income tax returns and the 2007 to 2009 GST returns for his business. The CRA made several requests for the missing returns before serving him with notices demanding that the returns be filed. Failure to comply with these notices resulted in charges being laid.
The preceding information was obtained from the court records.
In addition to the fines imposed by the courts, individuals or corporations convicted of failing to file tax returns are still obligated to file the tax returns and pay the full amount of taxes owing, plus interest, as well as any civil penalties that may be assessed by the CRA.
Taxpayers who have not filed returns for previous years, or who have not reported all of their income, can still voluntarily correct their tax affairs. They may not be penalized or prosecuted if they make a valid disclosure before they become aware of any compliance action being initiated by the CRA against them. These taxpayers may only have to pay the taxes owing, plus interest. More information on the Voluntary Disclosures Program (VDP) can be found on the CRA’s Web site at www.cra.gc.ca/voluntarydisclosures.
Further information on convictions can also be found in the Media Room on the CRA website at www.cra.gc.ca/convictions.