GST refund fraud is a serious crime. If the ATO believes that you have illegally obtained, or applied for, a GST refund they may refer your case to the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (CDPP) who will then prosecute you in the Federal Court.
The decision as to whether to prosecute for GST credit refund fraud depends to a large extent on the size of the fraud, and the taxpayer’s history.
In a recent case, a taxpayer claimed GST refunds of just under $100,000. They were jailed for 3 years.
Don’t let this happen to you. The best course of action is to make sure that you when claim a GST credit you are actually entitled to it and have the evidence to prove it. If not, you are facing prosecution.
If you are in the unfortunate position of being prosecuted for a GST tax refund you need expert tax advice and representation at court.
GST Refund Fraud – How Waterhouse Lawyers Can Help – our tax experts are all experienced advisers and litigators and can represent you in court so that you get the least sentence possible with hopefully no jail time. Call us on 1300 334 518 or use the Contact page.