Falsifying or concealing identity

– section 60 of the Taxation Administration Act 1997

Falsifying or concealing identity
Falsifying or Concealing Identity is when you lie to the Tax Office about where you live or the location of your business.
  • A man tells his tax accountant that he lives in Melbourne when he resides overseas.
  • A woman files an incorrect address for one of her businesses.
  • The information provided was not false.
  • You moved residence or the location of your business.
There are other possible defences, depending on the circumstances surrounding the alleged offending. Each matter is unique and requires an individual approach and strategy.

Questions in cases like this
  • Did you provide the wrong address for your home or business to the Tax Office?
  • Did you move home or change the location of your business and forget to tell the Tax Office?
Maximum penalty and court that deals with this charge
The maximum penalty for this offence is a fine of 500 penalty units in the case of a body corporate, or a fine of 100 penalty units in any other case.

Falsifying or concealing identity is the sort of charge regularly heard in the Magistrates’ Court.
The section that covers this offence is section 60 of the Taxation Administration Act 1997.

What is the legal definition of Falsifying or Concealing Identity?
Falsifying or Concealing Identity is when a taxpayer who by any act or omission, falsified or concealed, their residential address or business address, or the residential or business address of another person.

“Did you give the wrong address to the Tax Office?”

We currently do not have case studies and links to other information about Falsifying or Concealing Identity.
What can you be sentenced to for this charge?
If found guilty of this offence you will incur a fine.