No dodging penalties for false tax claims

“DON’T dodge when you lodge” is the message from the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) this year to serve as a reminder to taxpayers of the serious consequences of lodging false or misleading claims.

Assistant Commissioner Kath Anderson said while most Australians wanted to do the right thing, some refuse to pay their share – or pay at all.

“In the first instance we always try to help and educate taxpayers about how to get their tax right,” Ms Anderson said.

“Unfortunately in some cases people don’t respond or deliberately make false statements to avoid paying the right amount of tax and we have


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