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Giving false or misleading information to tax officers

This offence is when you give incorrect or inaccurate information to the tax office either orally or in writing.
  • A woman lies to a tax officer and says that she has not been living in Australia for the last 5 years.
  • A man intentionally provides a false statement of income to the Tax Office.

  • The information you provided was not false or misleading.
  • You did not know the information was false or misleading.
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 make a mistake when you told the Tax Office something?
  • Can they prove that the information you provided was false?

Maximum penalty and court that deals with this charge

The maximum penalty for Giving False or Misleading Information to Tax Officers (s57 of the Taxation Administration Act 1997) is a fine of 500 penalty units in the case of a body corporate or 100 penalty units in any other case.

Giving false or misleading information to tax officers is the sort of charge that would be heard in the Magistrates’ Court.

The section that covers this offence is section 57 of the Taxation Administration Act 1997.

What is the legal definition of Giving False or Misleading Information to Tax Officers?
A person has intentionally given a false or misleading statement to a tax officer.

“Did you lie to the Tax Office?”

What can you be sentenced to for this charge?
If found guilty of this offence you will get a fine or a Community Corrections Order.