Lawyers can’t keep their legal fees down, but it’s not all about the money.
The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is investigating a tax fraud by two lawyers at the Queensland Tax Office who were allegedly using their tax clients’ personal information for their own personal benefit.
The two lawyers, who have been employed at the same law firm since 2016, allegedly defrauded the Queensland Government of more than A$4.6 million.
The ATO has launched an investigation into the alleged fraud and the two lawyers have been suspended pending a review.
Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath says the investigation into one of the alleged crooks was launched in March 2017 and was widened to include the Queensland tax office.
“We’ve launched an extensive review of the fraud to determine if there was a pattern and practice of tax fraud and how it might have been carried out,” she said.
Ms D’Ahn says the ATO will make recommendations to Parliament about the way the profession can best protect itself against tax fraud.
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The tax office is investigating two cases of alleged tax fraud involving two Queensland lawyers.
The Queensland Tax office says the fraud involves a group of two people.
In one case, one of them was paid an annual total of A$1.8 million.
In the other case, the person who received the tax returned paid A$2.6, or 31 per cent of their annual income, but was then charged with a tax evasion offence of $7,000.
The person who was paid the tax was identified as the accountant, who had a client that the tax office believed was owed about A$20 million in tax.
Both men have been sanctioned for their actions.
The second person was identified by the ATOs as the tax collector.
The man paid the person in the first case received A$6,000, or 19 per cent, and the person paid the other person in that case received $732, or 29 per cent.
“I’m not happy with it.
I’m disappointed,” said David Jones, who owns Jones & Hatton, a lawyer in Queensland.”
But I’ve got a couple of people I’m looking at in the office that are going to have to go through the same process that I have.
I think it’s unfair, it’s unhelpful and I don’t want to be the one to pay it.
I feel bad that they didn’t get paid the amount they were due.
I don’t think it was the intention of the law to make people feel bad about their tax.”
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