Sun-Times Media Group To Pay $40 Million to Settle Canadian Tax Dispute

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By: E&P Staff

Sun-Times Media Group (STMG) will pay US$40 million to the Canadian Revenue Agency to settle tax issues related to the sales in 2000 of some of its former Canadian properties, the parent corporation of the Chicago Sun-Times said Thursday.

“The company estimates that this settlement will result in a material reduction of its reserve for potential tax liabilities, which will be recorded in the second quarter of 2007,” STMG said in a statement.

STMG carries $605 million in liabilities on its balance sheet for various Canadian tax claims — effectively a huge poison pill deterring potential buyers for the Sun-Times and its cluster of about 100 papers.

This particular settlement is related to the $2.1 billion sale of Canadian papers to CanWest Global Communications.

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