Most people don’t like to pay taxes and as a result, do not lodge their tax return. Or they simply cannot be bothered to do their tax returns. They will have the (mistaken) belief that no one can make them file their tax returns.
However, the ATO can actually prosecute people who have failed to lodge their tax documents. This does not only include your individual tax returns, but also e.g. your BAS Statements. The ATO will give you a final notice that you need to lodge and if you don’t lodge your tax returns, they will send you a prosecution warning letter. For those who still do not lodge their returns following receipt of that prosecution warning letter, the next document you can expect to receive is a summons to appear.
If you find yourself in the unfortunate circumstances of having been served with a summons to appear, do not hesitate to seek legal advice on your options and what steps you need to take to mitigate your losses.
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