A Montreal restaurant is in the crosshairs of Revenue Quebec.
Pho Cali, a Vietnamese restaurant in Chinatown, faces nearly 400 tax fraud charges and almost $800,000 in fines. The accused could also be subject to prison terms.
The restaurant, an administrator and a collaborator are accused of producing false declarations, evading taxes and not printing out receipts through an official register.
Investigators say they believe they concocted a scheme using a parallel billing system to avoid declaring and paying taxes. The infractions are alleged to have taken place between June 23, 2011 and February 6, 2013.
Revenue Quebec announced recently it intended to recover over $2 billion by 2018-2019 through measures to fight tax evasion in the restaurant sector.
Revenue Quebec says they lost about $420 million to tax fraud for the year 2007-2008 alone.