A self-employed Thames painter and decorator has been sentenced to 5 months community detention and 200 hours community work for tax evasion.
Over a five-year period, Jason Wilson, evaded a minimum of $94,059.95 in GST, PAYE and Income Tax.
Wilson failed to issue invoices to some customers; accepted “cash” payments that were not banked; at times paid staff in cash; and did not retain any meaningful business records.
At one point he claimed he had been keeping his invoices and receipts in an ice-cream container.
In April 2020, despite not filing any returns or paying GST, Income Tax or PAYE for at least 5 years, the defendant saw fit to claim and receive a wage subsidy as part of the Government’s Covid-19 response.