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ATO reveals national tax crime stats


The ATO has released statistics on tax crimes brought before the courts during 2016, including false fuel rebate claims, GST claims and business activity statements.

By Lara Bullock 8 minute read

The latest tax crime statistics show that between 1 January and 30 November, 27 individuals were prosecuted for serious tax crime offences resulting in 23 jail sentences.

The ATO also prosecuted another 1,541 individuals and businesses for a range of less serious summary offences, with total fines exceeding $10 million.

Offences involved criminal activity such as falsified invoices to claim fake deductions, GST refund fraud, alcohol and fuel tax credit fraud, identity crime, and income tax related fraud.


“The crimes listed here aren’t honest mistakes on a tax return – they are calculated and deliberate attempts to commit fraud and avoid taxation obligations,” ATO deputy commissioner Michael Cranston said.

“The perpetrators are stealing from the Australian community and the Commonwealth and we will ensure they face the consequences of their actions.”

Mr Cranston highlighted that the ATO works closely with partner agencies to identify and prosecute tax criminals.

“Those who deliberately engage in criminal activity will be caught,” he said.

Lara Bullock


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