Thursday, July 3, 2014

Canadian Lotto Winner faces a Taxing Situation

A Canadian lottery winner is considering taking the tax man to court over a disputed tax bill.

In 1999 Howard Pashlin of Dollard-des-Ormeaux in Montreal won a Lotto 649 prize of CAD$10 million.

Two years ago Revenue Quebec presented him with tax bill of CAD$ 100,000 and Pashlin made arrangement to pay. Now the revenue service states he owes taxes of CAD$ 1 million, but Pashlin says the bill has been calculated on third-party checks that passed through his bank account between 2008 and 2010.

Pashlin states he has affidavits that testify the money was not his, but Revenue Quebec auditors appear unwilling to take the documents into account.