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  • Refund fraud

    People who deliberately provide false information to claim a refund are committing refund fraud. We respond to these risks to the community through the use of refund risk models that operate across all lodgment channels. Refunds we examined represent less than 1% of the total refunds processed. In 2012–13, we expanded the use of the income tax return integrity program to detect fraud; we examined over 71,000 refunds and protected $189.5 million from being paid. We referred those engaging in refund fraud to the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions for possible prosecution, resulting in 22 taxpayers or tax agents being prosecuted.

    Last modified: 02 Mar 2015QC 42705