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Published: March 3, 2020

Last Updated: April 26, 2021

According to the Canada Revenue Agency (the Canadian income tax department) in 2005-06, Canadian taxpayers were convicted in 293 cases of income tax evasion or fraud. Taxpayers had to pay close to $14.4 million in fines, and were sentenced to more than 33 years in jail. Even if someone else prepares the tax return, the taxpayer is responsible for all the information on the return. Stay away from return preparers who offer you false tax claims. This could include false charitable donations or false child care expense claims, or maybe even false business expenses or losses. If you have filed a false tax return, you can make a Voluntary Disclosure (Tax Amnesty Application) and avoid prosecution and penalties.


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