Tax Fraud Vs Welfare Fraud
I’m on the board of the Bruce Jesson Foundation which supports investigative journalism and each year funds a lecture on some aspect of society.
This year’s lecture was by Dr Lisa Marriott from Victoria University Business School on her investigation into how and why white collar tax fraud is treated far more leniently than welfare fraud.
The size of the problem?
Every year the IRD identifies about $1.2 BILLION committed by NZ business people .
It discovers around $30 million in welfare fraud (tiny by comparison)
Yet , as Dr Marriott discovered – welfare fraudsters are far more likely to be sent to prison than white collar criminals.
You can find her lecture here by clicking here (or watch below):
If you would like to support the work of the Bruce Jesson foundation you can also find the details on the site
Why are those less advantaged in New Zealand society treated differently from those who are in relatively privileged positions? Why are white-collar tax evaders treated differently to welfare fraudsters? In the Annual Jesson Lecture in Politics for 2016, Dr Lisa Marriott considers the circumstances where this occurs, aiming to highlight and challenge issues of equity, privilege, and the construction of crime and criminals in New Zealand.
Check out our Banking pages, also Corporation pages for related information, or search ‘categories’ at left of any page. Remember these facts when next you see the mainstream media bashing beneficiaries or the poor. It’s an age old tactic … and remember also who owns the media.