Jail for $1.6 Million Tax Evader

August 18, 2009 New Zealand Taxation  No comments

Three years and four month worth of jail time has been given to a West Auckland man for 121 varying tax charges.

Somsanit Phommasa, a West Auckland based tiler, admitted to 121 separate charges of GST, PAYE and income tax evasion. In the period between 1998 and 2007 is accused of having accumulated $1,617,705 worth of evaded taxes.

Charges included imposing GST on customers while making no attempt to pass it onto the Inland Revenue Department. The GST fraud amounted to $479,607. Income tax was also not paid during the same period, it totaled $1,138,098. No PAYE was passed on from employees of Somsanit Phommasa to the IRD.

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