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Taxpayer fined for filing incorrect tax returns

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A taxpayer was today (February 6) fined a total of $21,300 after pleading guilty at the Shatin Magistracy to charges of making incorrect tax returns.

The defendant was charged with filing incorrect tax returns for the years of assessment 2000-2001 and 2001-2002 by making incorrect statements in connection with the claim for dependent parent allowance. This was contrary to section 80(2)(b) of the Inland Revenue Ordinance.

He declared that in each of the two years of assessment, he had contributed $12,000 or more towards the maintenance of the dependant. The Inland Revenue Department later found that the dependant passed away on December 27, 1995.

A spokesman for the Inland Revenue Department reminded people that making an incorrect statement in connection with a claim for any deduction or allowance under the ordinance was an offence. An offender is liable to a maximum fine of $10,000 plus a further fine of three times the amount of tax undercharged.

Ends/Tuesday, February 6, 2007

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