Windsor, Ontario, May 20, 2011 … The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) announced today that Dr. Johannes (Jack) Klundert, a Windsor optometrist, was fined $101,393 yesterday by the Honourable Justice Campbell of the Ontario Court of Justice in Windsor. Klundert was found guilty on  3, 2011 of six counts of making false statements on his personal income tax returns. 

During the trial, which began on September 7, 2010, the court heard that from 2000 to 2005, inclusive, Dr. Klundert failed to report income of approximately $576,000. Dr. Klundert filed returns for these years showing no income.

“Under the Canadian tax system, the government relies on Canadians to pay the taxes they owe,” said Vince Pranjivan, Acting Assistant Commissioner for Ontario Region, CRA. “The Agency takes appropriate measures to ensure that everyone meets their tax obligations.”

The preceding information was obtained from the court records.

Individuals 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 will not be penalized or prosecuted if they make a valid disclosure before they become aware of any compliance action being initiated by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) against them.  These individuals 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 website 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.

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