‘Voluntary tax’ seminar costs WA man $14,000


When Steven Russell Oxby sat down for dinner in February 2020, he thought it was honest recreation that he declare his meal on tax.

However after attempting to assert a 12 months’s price of bills together with meals, hire, clothes and payments on his 2019 tax return, the West Australian man in his 50s has been served a penalty of greater than $14,000 from the Australian Taxation Workplace.

A WA man’s bid to claim all expenses he incurred over the last financial year has landed him in hot water.

A WA man’s bid to assert all bills he incurred during the last monetary 12 months has landed him in sizzling water.Credit score:Gabriele Charotte

Oxby attended a two-day seminar in August 2019 run by an organisation that instructed him paying revenue tax was voluntary and promoted misinformation in regards to the Australian authorized and taxation system.

He then tried to assert $74,501.72 as “different work associated bills” on his 2019 tax return, regardless of having no murky tax historical past and a stable employment report.

In an affidavit, Oxby mentioned the exorbitant declare was to pay to “maintain the lifetime of the dwelling soul answering to the title ‘Steven Russell Oxby’”.

He instructed the Administrative Appeals Tribunal in Perth that the two-day seminar taught him the prices he was trying to assert had been tax-deductible as they allowed him to “maintain (him)self with the intention to produce labour from which (he) can achieve an revenue”.

Nonetheless, the idea amounted to “not more than a groundless and illogical fringe-theory,” tribunal senior member Michelle Evans-Bonner wrote in her choice on Friday.

She discovered Oxby’s defective declare to be reckless slightly than careless and ordered him to pay the $14,000 tremendous.


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