Member of Nova Scotia First Nation charged with evading $2.2 million in taxes 

HALIFAX- The Canada Revenue Agency says a member of Nova Scotia’s Millbrook First Nation has been charged with evading $2.2 million in taxes.

The CRA says a charge under the Excise Tax Act was filed Monday against Lisa L. Marshall, operator of the Traditional Trading Post, a convenience store on the Cole Harbour reserve of the Millbrook First Nation.

Marshall is charged with wilfully evading or attempting to evade compliance with the Act.

The CRA alleges that between July 1, 2010, and June 30, 2015, the store failed to collect or remit $2,284,144.72 in Goods and Services Tax and Harmonized Sales Tax related to the sale of tobacco products to non-Aboriginals.

The agency says people who fail to remit tax owing are liable not only for the full amount, but also to penalties and interest.

It says in the case of a conviction, the court can levy a fine of up to 200 per cent of the tax evaded and also impose a prison term of up to five years.

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