A former Wellington tax agent has been sentenced to nine months home detention on tax evasion charges.
Mohammed Shahmeem Buksh filed 124 false and misleading tax returns (79 GST returns and 45 income tax returns) which omitted income earned, included personal or fictional expenses, or genuine expenses which were grossly inflated.
Buksh filed them intending to evade tax for himself, his wife, his companies and for some clients of his company, Bizconnect.
The total tax evaded for all 124 tax returns he filed amounts to $662,866.08.
Buksh was sentenced on 13 December in the Wellington District Court as well as home detention was ordered to pay $15,000 in reparation.