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Lawyer pleads guilty to income tax breach

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A Winnipeg lawyer has pleaded guilty to repeatedly ignoring requests to file his 2004 income tax return, triggering a costly and time-consuming process which lasted more than three years.

Jamie Kagan was fined $2,000 Friday under a joint-recommendation after admitted to breaching the Income Tax Act.

Kagan is private lawyer who is self-employed and was supposed to file his return by June 2005. But he took until August 2008 to provide documents to Canada Revenue Agency, despite dozens of letters, phone calls and warnings, court was told.

"He was given every possible chance...this is a case of a taxpayer who just did not motivate himself to do his taxes," said Crown attorney Jason Clouston.

Kagan did not appear in court Friday but had a lawyer representing him. No explanation for his tardiness was provided to provincial court Judge Kelly Moar.

Clouston stressed this was not a case of "tax evasion" but one which saw considerable resources wasted trying to chase Kagan down.

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