Bunbury man faces hefty penalty for failing to lodge taxation returns

A Bunbury man is facing a potential maximum penalty of $279,000 for failing to file income tax and GST returns to the Australian Taxation Office.

A Bunbury man is facing a potential maximum penalty of $279,000 for failing to file income tax and GST returns to the Australian Taxation Office.

A Bunbury man is facing a potential maximum penalty of $279,000 for failing to file income tax and GST returns to the Australian Taxation Office.

Luke Christopher Dacheff appeared in Bunbury Magistrates Court on Monday for sentencing on 31 counts of refusing to comply with an order.

The charges include two counts of failing to lodge a tax return and 29 counts of failing to lodge GST returns in the 2014/15 financial year.

Dacheff was convicted of the offences in his absence in a Perth court in July this year.

He said he “didn’t read the paperwork well enough”, and had since filed his GST forms.

Dacheff has been given until October 9 to lodge the final two outstanding forms, with sentencing delayed to give an opportunity to comply.

The father of six was was told he must file these prior to his final sentencing date.

The maximum penalty for failing to lodge a return is $9000 and/or 12 months’ imprisonment.

Dacheff is also likely to be ordered to pay court costs of $307.92.

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