Canadian tax expert fined -

Do accountants ever get fined?
david ingram replies:
Not only do they get fined, they also go to jail.
Jerome Schneider was an American based in Vancouver who went to
jail in the US after being arrested by the IRS on a trip to San
Francisco.  He turned over 1,000 of his US clients over to the
IRS.  He had been telling them not to report the existence of
offshore accounts which he was setting up for them - find out
more about this at
 A newer one involves  an accountant from Montreal.
  Prison sentence and $533,251 fine for income tax expert found
guilty of tax fraud
Montréal, Quebec, March 31, 2006
 Christian Avard, an income tax
expert operating under Le Pro de l’impôt, pleaded guilty to tax
evasion charges before the Court of Quebec in Montréal on March
13. He was fined $533,251, which represents 100% of the tax
evaded, and received a fixed 12-month prison sentence.
A Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) investigation showed that for the
tax years 1997 to 2002, Avard encouraged many of his clients to
evade tax by sharing in tax refunds illegally obtained.
Furthermore, without the knowledge of his clients, he claimed
bloated tax refunds to which the taxpayers were not entitled, and
had the refunds mailed to him so he could cash them.
On another count, for the tax years 1997 to 2001, Avard failed to
declare $307,008 of income from his delivery business, thus
evading the payment of $68,742 in income tax with the help of
nominees. On this count he was fined $68,742, which represents
100% of the tax evaded.
Taxpayers found guilty of tax fraud must pay the full amount of
taxes, all related interest, and any civil penalties that apply,
as well as the fine imposed by the Court.
“The vast majority of Canadians pay their taxes in full and on
time. The Canada Revenue Agency has strong and effective programs
to identify those who try to avoid paying what they owe,” said
Michel Dorais, Commissioner of the Canada Revenue Agency.
The information in this news release was obtained from the Court
More information on convictions can be found in the Media room on
the CRA Web site at:
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