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  • Results of our action against tax crime

    Serious tax-related fraud offences are investigated by the ATO, sometimes in partnership with the Australian Federal Police (AFP). Where the evidence warrants it, we refer cases to the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (CDPP) to consider prosecution.

    Our most serious tax crime matters are dealt with by the cross-agency Serious Financial Crime Taskforce.

    Summary offences under the Tax Administration Act 1953 (TAA) are prosecuted by us, and include:

    • failing to lodge returns or keep records
    • making false or misleading statements
    • not responding to our questions when required.

    Serious Financial Crime Taskforce prosecutions

    The Serious Financial Crime Taskforce started operation on 1 July 2015.

    From this date until 30 June 2018, the taskforce has:

    • achieved seven convictions (results are as at 10 August 2018)
    • completed 824 audits and reviews
    • raised liabilities of $599.34million
    • collected $232.16million

    See also:

    Serious tax crime prosecutions

    Year

    Cases

    Convictions

    Custodial sentences

    Reparation orders ($m)

    Court fines ($)

    2017-18

    23

    23

    21

    4.79

    15,000

    2016-17

    30

    29

    23

    6.46

    8,150

    2015–16

    26

    26

    21

    4.57

    100

    2014–15

    37

    33

    30

    9.94

    4,600

    2013–14

    45

    34

    26

    3.36

    3,800

    2012–13

    52

    52

    38

    3.50

    26,000

    2011–12

    39

    39

    37

    4.80

    10,500

    Summary prosecutions

    Year

    Cases

    Convictions

    Dismissals and withdrawals

    Fines ($m)

    2017-18

    2,035

    1,880

    155

    13.748

    2016-17

    2,190

    1,952

    92

    14.91

    2015–16

    2,060

    1,780

    86

    11.24

    2014–15

    1,614

    1,540

    74

    9.59

    2013–14

    1,773

    1,540

    233

    13.02

    2012–13

    1,944

    1,691

    253

    7.38

    2011–12

    2,146

    1,961

    185

    7.41

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