Law catches up with dual tax offender

Law catches up with dual tax offender

The sales tax crackdown has quashed another offender with an Adelaide man recently jailed for the second time for sales tax evasion.

Judge Russell of the Adelaide District Court sentenced Anthony Jackson to three years and nine months in jail, and ordered him to pay the Commonwealth almost $14,000 for the tax due.

Jackson was jailed in June last year for similar offences.

The 29-year-old defendant pleaded guilty to 40 charges of "imposition on the Commonwealth" under the Crimes Act for offences occurring during 1994 and 1995.

The court was told he quoted a false sales tax exemption number when purchasing computer equipment from Edge Computer.

Guilty as charged

In sentencing Jackson, Judge Russell said: "The offences clearly form part of a course of conduct consisting of a series of criminal acts of the same character, and the persistent and deliberate commission of those offences by the defendant over a period . . . in a flagrant disregard of the law."

Assistant taxation commissioner Mike Cebalo said: "Tax evasion is a serious crime and people who knowingly engage in it face the prospect of jail."

He said the new sales tax laws would make it harder for dishonest dealers to operate.

"In this particular case, if the new legislation worked in the way that we hope it will, it should deprive people of the opportunity to get goods tax free. So it should have a preventative effect," he said.

Cebalo said up to 400 tax evasion cases in the PC industry were before the courts.

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