Conrad Black owes $5.1M in back taxes, court rules after residency dispute

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TORONTO - Conrad Black owes the Canadian government $5.1 million in taxes on income and taxable benefits from 2002.

That's the decision of a tax court that sided with the Canada Revenue Agency's position that Black was a resident of Canada during that time and must therefore pay taxes.

His lawyers had argued that he was a resident of the United Kingdom at the time and not subject to Canadian tax rules.

The bill includes $2.9 million for income earned for work done outside of Canada and $1.4 million for benefits from the use of an airplane Hollinger International Inc. had access to.

It also includes $90,000 worth of security for his Toronto home.

Black, who renounced his Canadian citizenship in 2001 so that he could become a British Lord, has been living in Toronto since 2012, when he finished serving 37 months in the U.S. for convictions on fraud and obstruction of justice. An appeal court tossed out two other fraud convictions against him and two other Hollinger executives.

Organizations: Hollinger International Inc., Canada Revenue Agency

Geographic location: TORONTO, Canada, United Kingdom U.S.

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  • AMAZED
    January 21, 2014 - 21:48

    Maybe Conrad could do another book comparing Canadian prison life to hard time in the USA. Always look on the best side of life ,and once released please return to England ,courtesy of our justice department ...if we still have one .

  • Good News
    January 21, 2014 - 20:59

    It sounds GOOD to me and about 30 million other Canadians.........The buffoon with the vocabulary who in his mind is above the law made a mistake giving up his Canadian citizenship....it is one of the best in the world...even without the handle of "MY LORD" ..not that I would ever say it to a convicted criminal in denial......who will spend millions on lawyers to clear a tattered and now falsified reputation