Court rules against polygamous leader
Aug 28, 2013 / 11:30 am
The leader of a BC community that practices polygamy has lost an appeal in federal Tax Court, which has ordered him to pay penalties of nearly $150,000.
Winston Blackmore appealed a tax assessment that concluded he understated his income by $1.8 million dollars over a period of six years.
He argued that an obscure section of tax law originally designed to allow Hutterite colonies to effectively divvy up income among members for tax purposes should apply to his community, which practices a fundamentalist form of Mormonism that allows polygamy.
But Judge Diane Campbell has ruled that Bountiful does not meet any of the criteria required for such status, such as a prohibition on members owning property and a requirement that members live and work in the community.
Campbell has ordered Blackmore's income be re-assessed to include the additional $1.8 million, and she has also imposed penalties of nearly $150,000 for "gross negligence."
Bountiful has been the target of numerous investigations over the years, including a polygamy prosecution that fell apart in 2009, and a special prosecutor is once again considering possible criminal charges.
Read more Canada News
- Man to stand trial after Mounties shot
- Environment Min. posts dead bear photo
- Economy adds 21,600 jobs in November
- Widow urges soldiers to 'Go get help'
- B.C. Mountie gets two years probation
- Quotes from Mandela in Canada
- We've lost a great moral leader: Harper
- Harper weighs in on solider suicides
- 'Outright lie,' says Rob Ford
- Blackmail scheme targets Rob Ford
- Sun Media cutting 200 jobs
- Same sex inmates lose bid to be together