BREAKING NEWS
At least 15 killed in knife rampage in Japan ... read more ... Read more
Close

Couple fined for obstructing IRD

Last updated 11:25 18/12/2012

Relevant offers

Industries

Magnate Hugh Green's family urged to settle differences over family trusts A timely lesson from our Aussie supermarket cousins Several possible reasons for Countdown closures, says First Retail Group Auckland Council will no longer buy land for parks, will rely on developers to provide them Woolworths Australia tipped to sell Ezibuy as part of restructure Australian parent Woolworths closes six Countdowns House prices could fall 11 per cent by late 2019, as building catches up: Infometrics Woolworths Australia to close dozens of stores, cut 500 jobs McKinsey Global Institute: a different look at income inequality HD version of Freeview's satellite television service on the horizon

An Auckland couple has been convicted and fined $15,000 each after obstructing the Inland Revenue Department.

Rosemary Julia Webb was charged with deliberately obstructing IRD officers and her husband Paul Nigel Webb was charged with aiding and abetting his wife following a search of their home in March last year.

Group tax counsel Graham Tubb said the couple deliberately withheld evidence that was being sought as part of an investigation into their tax affairs.

During the search Rosemary Webb got rid of two computer hard drives and paper documents and files that were relevant to the investigation, the department said.

She also liaised with her husband by phone and text messages, informing him that the material had been disposed of and not handed over to IRD officers. The messages showed Paul Webb encouraged his wife's actions, IRD said.

“Inland Revenue always ensures that appropriate action is taken in cases of non-compliance and there are consequences for those who deliberately break the law,” Tubb said.

“Searches are one of a number of tools available to Inland Revenue, however they are used sparingly, and when it is believed that people have deliberately not met their tax obligations.

“We will only search premises when we consider that it will increase the likelihood of securing records that are relevant to our investigation."

Ad Feedback

- BusinessDay.co.nz

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content