In a Tax Alert titled “Abuse of Source Deductions and GST/HST Amounts Held in Trust” CRA warned that
businesses must hold source deductions and GST/HST amounts in trust for the government. Penalties and interest and possibly personal liability for the directors will be the result if this is not done.
Federal legislation allows CRA to collect unpaid amounts through garnishments, assessments of the directors, seizure and sale of the assets of the debtor corporation, an assessed director or a sole proprietor, and any other means of recovery.
Taxpayers who have not complied with this requirement may make a voluntary disclosure to CRA. The taxpayer will not be penalized or prosecuted if valid disclosures are made before CRA begins any compliance action against the taxpayer.
Taxpayers may only be required to pay the in trust amounts owing plus interest.