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  • Queensland businessman sent to jail for tax fraud

    A 56-year-old Brisbane businessman was today sentenced in the Brisbane District Court to four years and six months jail for tax fraud, after being convicted of obtaining $596,736 for goods and services tax (GST) fraud and personal income tax return fraud.

    Between January 2012 and March 2015, as the director of International Products Group Pty Ltd (IPG), a corporate trustee for the Irvine Family Trust, Mr David Irvine lodged thirty-nine monthly Business Activity Statements via his registered AUSkey resulting in the wrongful payment of $480,680 in tax refunds into his own bank account.

    As the director of a wholesale distributor of wooden sticks for use in ice creams and coffee stirrers in South East Queensland, Mr Irvine fraudulently reported export sales to reduce the company’s GST payment obligations which led to the company receiving illegal GST refunds.

    No attempt was made to repay the monies incorrectly received and the IPG was placed in voluntary liquidation on 17 June 2015.

    In addition, Mr Irvine had declared a nil income for the 2009 to 2011 financial years in his personal income tax returns. As a director of IPG and beneficiary of Irvine Family Trust, the ATO audit showed the total assessable income should have been $387,136 with the tax payable of $116,056.

    ATO Assistant Commissioner Peter Vujanic said while some people viewed tax crime as victimless, this couldn’t be further from the truth.

    “Contrary to popular belief, tax crime is not victimless. By deliberately defrauding the tax and super system including claiming a refund you’re not entitled to, you are stealing from the whole community and disadvantaging Australians who do the right thing.

    “Today’s result demonstrates the ATO’s commitment to detecting and prosecuting tax crimes and should serve as a warning to those who think they can flout the law and get away with it.

    If a taxpayer suspects or is aware of a tax agent who is involved in tax fraud, they can report it confidentially at ato.gov.au/reportaconcern or call 1800 060 062.

    Last modified: 30 May 2019QC 59142