Lisa Marriott: Welfare fraudsters targeted more frequently than tax evaders

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Tuesday, 21 June 2016, 6:44p.m.
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The consequences of defrauding the taxpayer might have more to do with the colour of your collar, than anything else.

Research by Victoria University shows the Government lost $30.6 million to welfare fraud in 2014, compare to $1.24 billion in tax discrepancies.

But it prosecuted ten times as many welfare fraudsters than tax dodgers, and spent six times as many for every dollar recovered.

Associate professor Lisa Marriott said tax fraud and welfare fraud cases involving the same amount of money are treated very differently under the law.

She said tax evasion is three times higher, but tax evaders are three times less likely to receive a prison sentence.

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