Another Tax Protester - Denise Eddy - Convicted
The discredited tax protester position that a "natural person", is not subject to the Income Tax Act resulted in another conviction for tax evasion. Denise Eddy of Red Deer, Alberta, was sentenced to a tax fine of $33,320 and a conditional jail sentence of 24 months for tax evasion and filing false income tax returns. She pled guilty to tax evasion and assisting others to evade Canadian income taxes for the 2005 to 2008 tax years. Ms. Eddy also failed to collect and remit goods and services tax (GST) for the 2006 to 2008 tax years. Furthermore she was found guilty of counseling others to commit tax fraud contrary to the Canadian Criminal Code. Ms. Eddy, adopted beliefs espoused by tax protestors or de-taxers that, as a "natural person", she was not subject to paying taxes under the Canadian Tax Act. The court heard that Ms. Eddy knowingly evaded taxes and was also aiding, abetting and counseling others to commit income tax evasion and GST evasion. Ms. Eddy was charged by the CRA following a 25 month criminal tax investigation (which is different from a tax audit).
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