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The owner of the bar Le Dagobert owes 3 M  $ to the taxman

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The bar Le Dagobert on Grande-Allée, in Quebec.

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Quebec businessman Gilles Laberge has accumulated tax debts amounting to more than $3 million, and Revenue Canada believes he is trying to get away with it. #x27;exit by transferring his assets.

The federal government therefore initiated legal proceedings last month to challenge the transfer of rights of his sumptuous residence, to his wife, also targeted by the procedure.

According to the application filed with the Superior Court, the founder of Dagobert transferred to his wife, Céline Blais, the building they live in opposite the Plains of Abraham for the sum of $1.< /p>

According to the municipal assessment, the residence on Wilfrid-Laurier Avenue has a value of $2.5 million.

The transfer of November 18, 2022, made free of charge, weakened the assets of Mr. Laberge and/or made it insolvent.

A quote from Excerpt from the federal government's application for proceedings

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According to lawyers representing the Agency and the Minister of Revenue, the 82-year-old man acted in fraud of the minister's rights, making it difficult, if not impossible, to recover the tax debt.

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The residence on avenue Wilfrid-Laurier, now belonging to the wife of Gilles Laberge.

The court document claims that Gilles Laberge would have continued to impoverish his assets, in particular by transferring abroad an amount of $160,400, at the end of 2022.

The contributions claimed relate to the years 2011 to 2016 for which Mr. Laberge accumulated a debt of $2.1 million to the federal government.

The government lawyers also outline, in their request, the financial results of the octogenarian. According to the document, he also accumulated during the same period a tax debt of $1.1 million to Revenu Québec.

During these years, he still managed the famous Grande-Allée nightclub. According to the court document, he began transferring management of his businesses, including Le Dagobert, to his son in recent years.

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The government paints a portrait of Gilles Laberge's companies, in his request.

Before selling the residence to his wife for $1, Gilles Laberge had been legally the sole owner since 1992, after having acquired it for the sum of $240,000.

Given the current value of the residence, the federal government wants to make its transfer to his wife unenforceable, that's not the case. that is to say that the State could recover it as a debt.

This is not the first time that the co-founder of the bar Le Dagobert has had trouble with the tax authorities.

Between 2007 and 2010, the company produced false sales records, which allowed it to reduce its taxable income by a total of $2.5 million .

After admitting its guilt in 2012, the company had to repay unpaid taxes on this sum, in addition to paying fines, totaling nearly $900,000.

We tried to contact Gilles Laberge, without success. He did not respond to the message left on the voicemail of the residence he still occupies with his partner. The latter, on the other hand, appointed a lawyer to defend her in court.

Contacted by Radio-Canada, Me Marie-Hélène Racine, who represents Céline Blais, preferred not to comment on the case since it is before the courts.

In her response to the government's motion, included in the court file, it is indicated that Ms. Blais intends to agree to the settlement of the matter.

No court date has been set at this time.

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