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Walking the line: when is tax advice a conspiracy to defraud the Commonwealth? An analysis of Pearce v The Queen

Publication date: 01 Jun 06 | Source: JOURNAL OF AUSTRALIAN TAXATION

Issue: Vol. 9 Issue 1 2006

Pages: pp.1-35

The Commonwealth has had a string of cases where a person has been successfully prosecuted for fraud, or conspiracy to defraud the Commonwealth. R v Pearce resulted in five people being imprisoned following the collapse of a mass marketing scheme, known as "Servcom."

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Dr Helen Hodgson CTA
Helen joined Curtin Law School as an Associate Professor in 2014, following 10 years teaching in the Atax programme at UNSW. Helen has a particular interest in tax policy, and was a participant at the 2010 Tax Forum. Her current area of research is the tax-transfer system, but she also researches in superannuation, and the gender impacts of the tax-transfer system. In 2010, Helen was a co-author of the Women's Voices Report commissioned by the Equality Rights Alliance to examine factors influencing women's workforce participation, including superannuation, tax and transfer issues. Helen holds qualifications in accounting, business law and taxation, and is a Fellow of the Australian Society of Certified Practising Accountants. - Current at 08 July 2019
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