Court fines Vernon city councillor on tax charges
A veteran politician has been fined for not paying personal income taxes.
Patrick Nicol will pay out $2,000 for failing to file his income tax with the Canada Revenue Agency by the designated time in 2007 and 2008.
“I had a lot going on with life at that time and this is one thing that was missed,” said Nicol, a Vernon councillor and chairperson of the Regional District of North Okanagan, referring to health concerns and workload.
“All tax owing was paid in 2010 long before the case went to trial.”
Nicol is currently reviewing the court ruling and he has the ability to appeal within 30 days. He would not speculate on that possibility.
“I will make that decision with lawyers,” he said.
Nicol wants to be clear that his income tax case is not related to his elected duties, and he has had colleagues and residents rally behind him.
“The support I have received from the community has been most uplifting,” he said.