The current perception is that there are many businesses that deal in cash – particularly the service industry and many of us are aware of the scenario of a business offering a discount for cash transactions. This is what is known as the ‘hidden economy” – it benefits neither the provider nor the receiver to be involved in these transactions which amount to a fraudulent activity and the Inland Revenue has targeted this ‘hidden economy’ with heavy penalties. In fact a month ago, the Revenue Minister announced that ‘compliance activity for ‘hidden economy’ tax evasion gave a return of $45million, $5.60 for every dollar spent” – that was in 2013. This means that ensuring compliance is really worthwhile for the IR and they will continue to invest in this area.
Former restaurant owner gets home detention for false income reporting
A former Wellington restaurant owner has been sentenced to five months home detention and 200 hours of community work for filing false Income Tax and GST returns and evading tax.