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ATO gets down to business tackling phoenix fraudsters

Publisher
Australian Taxation Office
Date published
April 2021

Relevant impacts: Financial impact, government outcomes impact, business impact and human impact

A 62-year old man has been charged over phoenix activity that resulted in losses to the Australian Government of over $800,000.

The man allegedly barred employees' PAYG income tax from being paid to the ATO. He also took control of businesses in financial difficulty, issued payment summaries to workers and appointed straw directors to conceal his involvement in the business. It is also alleged that he prevented ATO officers from conducting their duties during a visit.

He was charged with 9 offences of dishonesty and 4 offences for obstructing Australian Government officials.

Related countermeasures

Collaborate with strategic partners such as other government entities, committees, working groups and taskforces. This allows you to share capability, information and intelligence and to prevent and disrupt fraud.

Conduct internal or external audits or reviews to evaluate the process, purpose and outcome of activities. Clients, public officials or contractors can take advantage of weaknesses in government programs and systems to commit fraud, act corruptly, and avoid exposure.

Coordinate disruption activities across multiple programs or entities to strengthen processes and identify serious and organised criminals targeting multiple programs.

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