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Prince George man wrongly fined thousands of dollars by Canada Revenue Agency will not be getting money for damages


A decades-long court battle against the Canada Revenue Agency has come to a devastating end for a Prince George man. 

The B.C. Supreme Court ruled the tax agency does not have to pay one million dollars worth of damages to Irvin Leroux. 

Leroux spent nearly two decades fighting the Canada Revenue Agency. In the 1990s, a CRA audit found Leroux owed thousands of dollars, and filed a writ of seizure and sale against his assets. Soon after that, the business development bank foreclosed Leroux's RV Park. 
Years later, a tax court ruled CRA's assessment was incorrect, and Leroux was actually owed a credit.

However, The Supreme court Judge ruled the loss of the property could not be pinned solely on CRA's actions. 

That left Leroux out roughly a million dollars. 

While the ruling is a loss for Leroux, his lawyer Laurence Armstrong says it's a major victory for tax payers because for the first time, the court has found CRA is liable to taxpayers for damages for negligence. 

"I mean I think Mr. Leroux feels today that he lost this case, but I guarantee the CRA are the ones that feel they've really lost," says Armstrong.

Leroux is turning seventy on May 2. His family is sending him to Las Vegas as a birthday present, hoping his luck will be better this time.

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