Tax Offences

In Australia, the Australian Tax Office and other government agencies investigate and prosecute people who avoid paying the right amount of tax or claim refunds or benefits to which they are not entitled.

If you are charged with a tax offence, it is important to get advice from an experienced criminal lawyer who understands corporate crimes. Andrew Anderson, Principal Lawyer, is recommended as one of the leading corporate and white-collar criminal lawyers in Australia (Doyles Guide, 2018).

Andrew was one of the counsel briefed by the State of Queensland for appeals before the High Court relating to prosecutions arising out of the taskforce known as ‘Project Wickenby’, which remains the largest tax evasion investigation ever conducted in Australia. If you seek advice or representation for a tax offence, contact us today.

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Anderson Fredericks Turner has some of the few practising solicitors in criminal law in Queensland who have been accredited as barristers and worked in that role for a number of years before operating a law firm.

Andrew Anderson and Kerri Fredericks both formerly worked as Senior Crown Prosecutors in Queensland, which saw them undertake numerous jury trials, sentences and appeals.

If you want a lawyer who is not still trying to find their feet in court, we have the courtroom expertise to afford you the best defence to a criminal charge.

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Call one of our experienced lawyers for a free, no-obligation initial review of the tax offences you face. It costs nothing to find out why we are lawyers you can trust.

If you engage us to advise and defend you, our lawyers will assist you ever step of the way. We:

  • inform you of your legal rights and entitlements.

  • inform you of your legal responsibilities.

  • obtain information that may cast doubt on the credibility or reliability of the allegations.

  • challenge evidence that is unreliable, or seek a case to be dismissed if there has been a violation of rights or an abuse of process.

Failure to exercise certain rights, or acting on the wrong advice, can fundamentally affect the interests of a person facing allegations. If you want advice you can trust from an ethical and leading criminal law firm, contact Anderson Fredericks Turner.

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Courtroom Expertise

Anderson Fredericks Turner has some of the few practising solicitors in criminal law in Queensland who have been accredited as barristers and worked in that role for a number of years before operating a law firm.

Andrew Anderson and Kerri Fredericks both formerly worked as Senior Crown Prosecutors in Queensland, which saw them undertake numerous jury trials, sentences and appeals.

If you want a lawyer who is not still trying to find their feet in court, we have the courtroom expertise to afford you the best defence to a criminal charge.

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Free Case Review

Call one of our experienced lawyers for a free, no-obligation initial review of the tax offences you face. 

If you engage us to advise and defend you, our lawyers will assist you ever step of the way. We:

  • inform you of your legal rights and entitlements.

  • inform you of your legal responsibilities.

  • obtain information that may cast doubt on the credibility or reliability of the allegations.

  • challenge evidence that is unreliable, or seek a case to be dismissed if there has been a violation of rights or an abuse of process.

Failure to exercise certain rights, or acting on the wrong advice, can fundamentally affect the interests of a person facing allegations. If you want advice you can trust from an ethical and leading criminal law firm, contact Anderson Fredericks Turner.

To book your free Case Review with one of our criminal lawyers Call Now: 1300 AFT LEGAL (1300 238 534)

Common Tax Offences

There are a number of common tax offences prosecuted by the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions on behalf of the Australian Taxation Office under the Criminal Code, including:

  • Section 134.1(1) Criminal Code — Dishonestly obtaining Commonwealth property

  • Section 134.2(1) Criminal Code — Obtain financial advantage by deception

  • Section 135.4(3) Criminal Code — Dishonestly cause a loss to the Commonwealth

The above offences carry a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment.

There are also specific offences in the Taxation Administration Act 1953, which can involve failure to comply with taxation requirements, as well as making false or misleading statements to government agencies. It can also be an offence to incorrectly keep records relating to taxes, or failing to answer questions of the Commissioner of Taxation.

Individuals, company directors or businesses may all be subject to investigation and prosecution by the Australian Taxation Office. If you or your business faces investigation or prosecution over a tax offence, having the right legal advice can be essential in safeguarding against an abuse of process or miscarriage of justice. If you want the best legal advice or representation available from one of the leading criminal law firms in Queensland, contact one of our experienced criminal lawyers to discuss your case today.

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