It's Tax Time; So Think Again Any Scammers

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COFFS Coast residents are being urged to think twice before trying to scam the tax system after almost 500 people were convicted of tax offences in three months.

Tax Commissioner Michael D'Ascenzo said yesterday 489 people were convicted between January 1 and March 31 this year for tax and superannuation offences.

The prosecutions range from offences such as failing to lodge forms to serious fraud such as GST refund fraud, including one NSW man who was found guilty of GST fraud after submitting false BAS and trying to claim $500,000 in his role as company director.

He was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison, with a non-parole period of two years.

"These prosecutions demonstrate our commitment to protect honest citizens from those that seek to abuse Australia's tax and superannuation systems," Mr D'Ascenzo said.

"People who commit serious fraud, don't declare all their income or fail to meet their obligations cheat the majority of the community who do the right thing. They not only deprive the community of revenue, but often gain an unfair advantage over others. …