Dodging GST payments cost a Prince George woman $97,866 after she was found guilty for tax evasion in provincial court last week.
Carol Clarkson was convicted in court for not paying $65,000 in GST between 1991 and 1993, while bookkeeper for Clarkson Logging, a company run by herself and her husband. The conviction means Clarkson has to pay back the unreported GST, as well as a $32,866 fine.
Clarkson had been carefully tracking the amount of GST paid out by the company, but not reporting the GST they received during that period from the sale of logs.
Canadian Customs and Revenue said the fraud was detected when a CCAR auditor visited a nearby mill and discovered that the GST paid by that company didn’t match the amount reported by Clarkson Logging’s bookkeeper.
In an interview with federal investigators, Clarkson claimed the revenue statements had been lost in a fire. But when investigators obtained a search warrant and searched her home in 1996 they found the missing statements.