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Cheating the tax department
- Published: 30 Sep 2010 at 11.23
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Police have arrested and charged a woman believed to be a key member of a gang that cheated the Revenue Department out of at least 70 million baht.
An officer checks boxes allegedly containing fake tax invoices worth more than one billion baht which authorities say were sold over the internet. CHANAT KATANYU
Taking a little from the government
The government’s most profitable business is collecting the taxes we pay, a business worth trillions of baht each year.
It is supposed to be a monopoly, but there is so much money involved, it is not surprising that other people try to take some for themselves.
Twenty-four-year old Siriyakorn Somsap and the gang she allegedly worked with certainly seem to have that in mind.
Yesterday police arrested her at her home in Pathum Thani, calling her a key member of a gang that sold falsified tax invoices worth more than one billion baht over the internet.
She was charged with issuing tax invoices without authority and putting false information into a computer system.
She was arrested in a joint operation involving the police’s Technological Crime Suppression Division, the Economic Crime Suppression Division and the Revenue Department.
The fraud has cost the tax department at least 70 million baht in losses in state revenues, TCSD chief Surapol Homchuenchom said.
Buyers of falsified tax invoices claimed VAT rebates at the rate of 7% of the invoice value from the department.
Police said they seized a large number of falsified tax invoices and computers from a house used as the office of a construction materials firm allegedly set up to conceal the illegal business.
Ms Siriyakorn could face between three months and seven years in jail and a fine ranging from 2,000 to 200,000 baht for issuing fake tax invoices, plus a maximum five-year jail sentence and a maximum fine of 100,000 baht on the second charge, if convicted.
Adapted from a story in today's Bangkok Post.
profitable – able to earn money and expenses are subtracted ให้ผลกำไร,ได้ผลประโยชน์
trillion – the number 1,000,000,000,000 แสนล้าน
monopoly – complete control over something by one organization or person ระบบผูกขาด
allegedly – claimed to have done something wrong, but not yet proven ที่กล่าวหา
arrest – (of the police) to take someone to a police station because they are believed to have committed a crime จับกุม
key – most important ที่สำคัญ
falsify – to change something, such as a document, in order to deceive people ปลอมแปลง
invoice – a document giving details of goods or services that someone has bought and must pay for ใบแจ้งราคา
charge – to accuse someone officially of committing a crime ตั้งข้อกล่าวหา
issue – to give or provide something official แจกจ่าย
authority – power อำนาจ
joint – done together ที่ร่วมกัน, ความร่วมมือกัน
operation – a planned activity involving a lot of people การปฏิบัติการ
suppression – stopping an activity from happening, in this case, criminal activity การปราบปราม
Revenue Department – the government department responsible for collecting taxes กรมสรรพากร
fraud – the crime of intentionallyl deceiving someone or cheating in order to gain an advantage or benefit การฉ้อโกง การหลอกลวง เล่ห์เพทุบาย
state – government รัฐบาล
rebate – money given back after a payment, e.g., a tax payment has been made เงินคืนภาษี
seize – to take control of by force or official power ยึกครอง
conceal – to hide something ซุก ซ่อน
illegal – against the law ผิดกฎหมาย
fine – an amount of money that you have to pay because you have broken the law ค่าปรับ
maximum – the most possible ที่สูงสุด ที่มากที่สุด
sentence – a punishment given by a court of law การตัดสินลงโทษ
charge – an official statement accusing someone of committing a crime ข้อหา
convicted – having been proven guilty of a crime by a court of law ได้รับการพิสูจน์ว่ามีความผิดจริง