Last week, the Sydney District Court sentenced Md Zahidul Kabir to five years in jail after being convicted of taking more than $75,000 from his clients and the ATO.
The joint ATO and AFP investigation found that Mr Kabir fraudulently used 16 of his clients’ tax file numbers to lodge false tax returns, resulting in the wrongful payment of tax refunds into his own bank accounts.
It was also found that Mr Kabir laundered money from 22 other taxpayers by withdrawing their tax refunds from their bank accounts without their knowledge.
Mr Kabir was sentenced on 16 charges of dishonestly obtaining financial advantage by deception; nine offences of dishonestly causing a risk of loss to the Commonwealth; and one charge of dealing with money to the value of $50,000 or more that he believed to be the proceeds of crime.
The TPB has now confirmed that the board terminated Mr Kabir’s registration on 15 October, based on information provided by the Australian Federal Police and the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions, and his guilty plea to the offences.
Mr Kabir’s disqualification will see him not able to re-apply for registration for five years.
“The termination of Mr Kabir’s registration, before the sentence was handed down by the Sydney District Court, is evidence of the effectiveness of compliance monitoring undertaken by the TPB,” said TPB chair Ian Taylor.
Jotham Lian is the news editor of Accountants Daily, the leading source of breaking news, analysis and insight for Australian accounting professionals.
Before joining the team in 2017, Jotham wrote for a range of national mastheads including the Sydney Morning Herald, and Channel NewsAsia.