Failure to comply with Income Tax Act

A man who held out on doing his taxes for five years to get answers from the Canada Revenue Agency

A man who held out on doing his taxes for five years to get answers from the Canada Revenue Agency got a fine and no answer Monday in Penticton court.

Erhard Unger pleaded guilty to one count of failing to comply with the Income Tax Act in Penticton Provincial Court on March 21.

Unger told the court that years ago he filed for a bad debt which he had previously paid taxes on, which he said the CRA denied.

“I asked why and I never got an answer for the next five years,” Unger told the court.

He said he phoned every CRA number available to no avail.

“I just got ‘it’s not my problem,’ and I thought OK, then I’m just going to hold on until I finally get someone who might listen. I still want an answer, and possibly a refund of that amount,” Unger said.

Crown counsel said that In 2015 requirement to file notices were personally served to Unger and prior to that a CRA employee had contacted him giving Unger several chances to file.

Unger said that that the CRA employee said to his face his issue was not her problem.

Unger received the mandatory minimum fine of $1,000 and has since filed his taxes for the missing years.