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06 Jun 2019 ATO’s fight against tax crime

Dealing with those who cheat the system 

The ATO will take firm action against people who intentionally falsify information on their tax returns, including penalties or prosecutions in serious cases. In conjunction with partner agencies, the ATO targets people who profit from criminal activity and work to protect taxpayers from fraudulent activities. 

Analytical models are used to assess tax forms and share data and intelligence with the ATO’s global partner agencies to detect and prevent fraud. 

Read about how the ATO is dealing with those who cheat the system here

Tax fugitive tracked down and sentenced to 3 years and 3 months jail 

A 56-year-old New South Wales man, Mr Peter Garven, was sentenced in the Sydney District Court to three years and three months jail for fraudulently obtaining and attempting to obtain more than $200,000 from the ATO on 30 May 2019. Mr Garven was also ordered to repay $154,188.96. 

As the sole director of Peter Garven Consulting and Garven Resources, between October 2002 and July 2004, Mr Garven lodged three Income Tax Returns where he fraudulently obtained $102,504 in refunds and attempted to obtain a further $41,758. 

Read more here

Home detention for fraudulent home stylist 

A 50-year-old Adelaide woman was sentenced in the South Australia District Court on 30 May 2019, to two years and nine months to be served on home detention. 

Ms Linda Taylor, was convicted of GST fraud made in Business Activity Statements (BAS) lodged between April 2013 and September 2015. She was also ordered to perform 150 hours of community service and pay reparations of $137,936. 

Ms Taylor, a sole trader of a home styling business trading as Signature Styling Design Innovation, lodged 32 monthly BAS with the ATO. Over this period, Ms Taylor fraudulently obtained $138,076 in GST refunds. 

Read more here

Organised crime case studies 

Organised crime costs the community billions of dollars in lost revenue. The ATO is working hard to combat this organised criminal activity with other partner agencies. 

Read more here. 

Serious financial crime results

The Serious Financial Crime Taskforce (SFCT) is a joint-agency taskforce dedicated to tackling the most serious and complex financial crime. 

Each year, serious financial crime costs the Australian community millions of dollars in lost revenue. With the support of partner agencies, the ATO is committed to preventing, detecting and dealing with this kind of criminal activity.

Read more here.

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