Former Conservative MP Rob Anders facing multiple charges of evading taxes

OTTAWA — Former Conservative MP Rob Anders has been charged with tax evasion, as well as other Income Tax Act offences dating back to his years as a parliamentarian. The five charges were first reported by the National Post and confirmed by the federal prosecutor's office on Tuesday. Anders was first elected as a Reform MP in 1997 and went on to represent his Calgary riding until 2015.

The government alleges that in 2012, 2013, and 2014 he under-reported his income, leading to multiple charges of making false statements on a tax return. Prosecutors further allege that between 2012 and 2018 he evaded payment of taxes, and between 2012 and 2015 he claimed refunds or credits he wasn't entitled to receive.

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In 2012, members of Parliament made about $157,000 a year, and by 2014 they were making about $163,000.

Anders is scheduled to appear in a Calgary court on Oct. 30. Anders could not immediately be reached for comment.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 29, 2020.

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