Tax evaders now risk property seizure

If you want to keep your real estate assets, you better think twice about dodging your taxes. The Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) recently started freezing assets of tax evaders – and yes, that includes property.

According to CBC News, CRA has used proceeds-of-crime provisions under the Criminal Code to seize the rental properties of a tax-evading couple in Ottawa. The couple are accused of under-reporting their income between January 2008 and December 2013.

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"The schemes included appropriating funds from multiple corporations under their control for personal purposes, appropriating corporate rental income and manipulation of supplier invoices,” CRA told CBC News.

This is the first time that CRA has used proceeds-of-crime provisions on tax evaders. The provisions are normally applied on terrorist financing or money laundering.

However, you can be sure that CRA are more than willing to use the provisions on tax evaders again.

"That is a tool that we have not used in the past," Stéphane Bonin of CRA's criminal investigations division told CBC News.

"I can say that this is indeed the first time, but I can promise you that this is not the last time that we [will use] those provisions of the Criminal Code to restrain or seize assets that tax evaders have acquired through their illegal behaviours."


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