The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) announced March 8 that Chilliwack, B.C. resident Debbie Arlene Anderson has been sentenced to four and a half years in jail, as well as about $35,000 in fines by the Supreme Court of British Columbia for income tax evasion, goods and services tax (GST) evasion, and counselling fraud.

Anderson failed to report total income of $165,731.45 for the 2005 to 2007 tax years, evading $22,689 in federal income tax payable. She also failed to collect and remit $12,336 in GST for the same years.

Tax evasion “educator”

In addition, Anderson was an “educator” with Paradigm Education Group, which was a fraudulent scheme counselling people across the country to evade taxes.

“The CRA warns all Canadians to beware of “tax protesters” who try to convince you that Canadians do not have to pay tax on the income they earn.” More information on tax protester schemes is available at