Income tax case appealed

Patrick Nicol, a Vernon councillor and Regional District of North Okanagan chairperson, was fined $2,000 in February

A Vernon politician is appealing a judge’s ruling over his failing to file personal income taxes.

Patrick Nicol, a Vernon councillor and Regional District of North Okanagan chairperson, was fined $2,000 in February in Vernon Provincial Court for failing to file his income tax with Canada Revenue Agency in 2007 and 2008 by the designated time.

“We are appealing the conviction,” said Nicol’s lawyer, Michael Klein, of Vancouver.

A notice of appeal has been filed with the B.C. Supreme Court. A date has yet to be fixed to hear the appeal.

Nicol said after his conviction that he had “a lot going on with life at that time,” and failing to file his taxes was “one thing that was missed.”

Nicol said all tax owing was paid in 2010, long before his case went to trial.