Tax Evasion is the most serious of a series of offence provisions in the Income Tax Act. Similar to fraud in terms of the elements of the offence, tax evasion is complicated by the peculiarities of the Income Tax Act. While tax avoidance is completely acceptable, dishonest tax reporting crosses the line into evasion. The penalties and process are criminal, although the governing statute is Income Tax Act. Many cases turn on the nature of the tax avoidance scheme and whether it crossed the line. The intention of the tax payer is a key element. In addition, special rules govern the conduct of investigators when search and seizing evidence. The lawyers at Mickelson & Whysall have experience with a wide variety of tax offences from simple summary charges for failing to file up to more serious allegations of large scale evasions. It is useful to have counsel involved at the early stages to ensure you are properly advised and your interests are protected.
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