Patrick Taylor, the festival's executive director, said that the legendary pianist and composer received a mailing from the Canadian tax authority requesting a tax return and apparently believed he was being asked to pay taxes for a previous appearance.
"So now he says, 'I'm not filing a return and I'm never coming back to Canada,'" Taylor told the paper.
In fact, according to Taylor, Brubeck's taxes from his 2002 performance were withheld from his payment and have already been paid, but Canada still requests a return for payments of more than $15,000.
"He does not owe money," Taylor said. "Our accountant says he might even get money back if he filed expenses."