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Posted 02 November 2013 - 09:45 AM


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Posted 02 November 2013 - 03:13 PM

The crackdown on benefit fraudsters came into effect last Monday. Yes it's theft and needs to be dealt with, but so is tax evasion and we don't see nearly the same effort into recovering money stolen by the rich .

In my documentary MIND THE GAP I reported that each year the amount of DETECTED benefit fraud is about $26 million .

The amount of DETECTED tax evasion is $ 1 BILLION every year.

If you have seen the documentary you will have heard tax crime expert Dr Lisa Marriott say the true figure of tax evasion in NZ may be as high as $5 Billion . Yes, EVERY YEAR.

Commit benefit fraud and you have a 60% chance of going to jail. Commit tax evasion you a 20 % chance of going to jail.

The Government currently prosecutes about 800 people for benefit fraud per year whereas only 50 people a year are prosecuted for tax evasion.

These figures tell their own unbalanced story. But it is going to get worse.

I see these tough new measures were annouced by Associate Minister Chester Burrows ( why not the MInister I wonder?) He is reported as saying :

"The measures include changing the law to hold partners of beneficiaries complicit in 'relationship' fraud offending to account."

In fairness, does that mean the National led coalition will also be looking to hold the partners of tax evaders more accountable if they have benefited from the theft?

Sadly, I don't think we'll see any similar tax evasion measures being proposed any time soon, nor will we see extra resources being put into catching tax fraudsters even though the cost effective returns would far outway the effort now being put into catching benefit cheats.

Why? Because prosecuting people you are never likely to meet is easy. Prosecuting people who you might be at a dinner with this week or have kids that go to the same school as your kids... isn't.

Never -the- less where is the voice of conscience from the opposition parties ?

Theft is theft. Evading your taxes is stealing from your friends and neighbours.

If we want a fairer society we cannot have one law for the rich and another for the poor.


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