Do you need a defence lawyer for a criminal law matter? Look no further!
If you have been charged with a corporate crime, you are wise to seek legal advice from our experienced defence solicitor.
Greenhalgh Pickard provides professional, expert advice and assistance relating to corporate crime.
When you choose to put your trust in Greenhalgh Pickard you can rest assured that expert lawyers will address your matter with the utmost professionalism and confidentiality in order to achieve the best results for you.
Greenhalgh Pickard’s experienced criminal law solicitors – Shane Ulyatt, Lachlan Cramb and Stefanie Batey – all offer easy-to-understand, thorough advice you can count on.
You will also benefit from Greenhalgh Pickard’s transparent fixed-or-capped fee structure, meaning you will know exactly how much you will spend from the start.
We work with clients across a broad range of corporate crime matters, including:
- ASIC investigations and prosecutions;
- corporations law offences, including charges against company officers and directors;
- government and political corruption matters;
- stock market offences;
- money laundering offences;
- tax offences; and
- work health and safety investigations and prosecutions.
Unlike other criminal lawyers, Greenhalgh Pickard are specialised in white-collar crime by having an inhouse accounting department to assist with your defence.
With a high level of financial and corporate literacy, and vast experience in defending prosecutions of this type, we are continually engaged in representing senior business people in responding to investigations and charges brought by federal and state regulators.
If you are being investigated, or have been charged, with crimes related to corporate operations, we recommend you seek legal advice from a lawyer experienced in corporate crime matters.
If you are charged with having committed a criminal tax offence, proceedings against you can be initiated by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) or the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (CDPP).
In Australia, the tax system is a self-assessment environment, and it relies on taxpayers acting honestly in fulfilling their tax obligations. The Commissioner of Taxation has the power to ensure compliance with the tax laws, and is able to apply penalties including administrative penalties and prosecutions.
Serious taxation offences
In serious cases, taxpayers can be prosecuted for offences involving fraudulent conduct under the Commonwealth Criminal Code 1995. Tax fraud encompasses a range of frauds, including GST fraud and Business Activity Statement fraud.
The ATO takes tax fraud offences very seriously and successful prosecution will usually result in a serious fine at the very least, and in cases of serious or repeated offending, imprisonment.
What other taxation offences are there in Australia?
The law provides for a range of taxation offences, such as:
- failure to lodge taxation returns or activity statements;
- making false and misleading statements;
- failure to correctly keep accounting records;
- failure to pay tax or remit the tax deductions of employees.
When will the ATO prosecute?
When the ATO or CDPP decide to prosecute, they consider a number of different aspects, including the seriousness of the offence, the circumstances of the taxpayer, and whether or not the prosecution could act as a deterrent to the wider community.
Can I appeal a tax offence conviction or penalty?
If you are dealt with in court for a tax offence, you have rights to appeal any conviction, as well as any penalty. Such appeals must be lodged promptly, in accordance with strict time limits prescribed by law (usually within one month).
You should consult an experienced criminal lawyer urgently if you wish to appeal a taxation conviction or penalty imposed by a court.
Give Greenhalgh Pickard a call now to speak to one of our Criminal Lawyers for a free 15-minute consultation.
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