On 3 May 2019, the ATO updated one of its website pages: ‘Tax crime prosecution case studies’. It gives details of:
- a company director who failed to lodge 5 activity statements (fined $51,500).
- 5 employees who falsely claimed work related ‘drive in, drive out’ travel expenses, despite them having been reimbursed (aggregate fines over $50,000).
- conviction for stealing ‘visa’ details and making false income tax refund returns, for $117,00 (2 years and 3 months jail).
See below for the details, the method of detection and ways to report dishonest behaviour.