Businessman guilty of failure to file GST returns Print E-mail
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Thursday, 23 February 2012 00:00

On Tuesday February 12th, a businessman was ordered to pay hefty sums to the GST Department after being found guilty of failing to file GST returns. Businessman, Phillip Waight, of CSVW Engineering and Construction Company, was found guilty of 11 counts.
His case came up before the Senior Magistrate, Sharon Frazer in Court #2 where he was found guilty of the eleven counts. She imposed half of the minimum fines of $500 each for every count. She ordered that he must pay the fines by April 30. If he defaults he will spend a month on each count.  The sentences are  to run consecutively.

Waight owed the outstanding amount to General Sales Tax (GST) for the period of December 2010 and October 2011. Waight was sentenced in absentia.    A GST representative, testified thats she made visits to Waight’s office and he was not present.  From time to time, the GST officers made numerous visits to his establishment when it was noted that they are not filing returns.Another GST matter was also dealt with on Tuesday that for Theresa Parkey who was also not present in court.  But Parkey had no reason to be there because GST personnel withdrew the matter against her Hugh Parkey/Belize Dive Connection that owed GST in the amount of $309,022.98. This amount was after it was noted that they owed a total of $218,816.43 in taxes when interest was added and penalty fees accured. This was for  the period of January and  February 2009, July to October 2009, December 2009 and January to November 2010, March to April 2011 and June to July 2011.  The withdrawal came after Parkey and GST made an agreement to settle the matter out of court after a significant amount of debt was paid recently.