The Canadian Income Tax Act and the Excise Tax Act provide the Canada Revenue Agency (the “CRA”) with significant powers to deal with people who refuse, fail, or neglect to comply with their personal and business income tax obligations. Consequences can include fines, the payment of interest and criminal prosecutions. Penalties for a criminal conviction can potentially include jail, depending on the nature of the offence.
Tax related criminal investigations and prosecutions are complex to begin with, and can be made more complicated by proceeds of crime and anti-terrorist legislation. Greg DelBigio’s work in these areas, and his extensive involvement with Canada’s proceeds of crime (money laundering) legislation means he is well versed in the rights and protections his clients have under the current legislative regime.
Greg DelBigio is able to represent clients charged with tax related offences including:
- Tax evasion
- False declarations
- Search and seizure and asset detention matters arising in connection with CRA or FINTRAC audits
- GST/HST monitoring and inspections