Tax Fraud is a term that covers a lot of offences and there are a range of ways that it can be charged. Some of the main Tax charges are included as links below.
There are a range of offences that are used in Commonwealth matters and cover behaviour where the Commonwealth say there has been a tax fraud.
One of the main general offences is
This is regularly charged in relation to tax matters. The elements of this offence are:
- You obtained a financial advantage;
- You have obtained that advantage by "deception"; and
- It has been obtained from a "Commonwealth Entity". A "Commonwealth Entity" includes the Australian Taxation Office or the Commonwealth generally. The maximum penalty for this offence is imprisonment for up to 10 years.
If you have been charged or are being investigated for tax fraud, it is prudent to seek representation as soon as possible with the aim of:
- Defending the charges
- Minimising, as much as possible, the penalty that you might receive.
For further reading on other specific tax fraud offences, read on:
- Accessibility of Records for Tax Department
- Additional Records for Taxation
- Dealing With Property Suspected of Being Proceeds of Crime
- Deliberately omitting information
- Form of record – English language
- Giving false or misleading information to tax officers
- Obstruction of Commissioner or an Authorised Officer
- Obtain Financial Advantage By Deception
- Tax Evasion
Can't find the offence you're looking for? Check out our alphabetised list of all the criminal offences on our site.