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Alarming 2015 total draws call for greater recovery powers but others in industry disagree.
Taxpayers were ripped off nearly $11 million this year by tax evaders, with disgraced Heart of the City chief executive Alex Swney taking the dubious title of being the country's biggest tax fraudster of 2015.
Inland Revenue Department prosecuted fewer people in 2015 than the year before, but the value of the frauds was bigger.
Taxpayers lost $10,929,259 to people who committed imprisonable offences - excluding fine-only charges for which the IRD gets convictions - sparking calls for the department to have more powers around recovering stolen monies.
Ernst and Young tax partner Joanna Doolan said the IRD needed the ability to freeze alleged fraudsters' bank accounts until proceedings were settled in court so that it reduced the ability for funds to be spent.
Others in the industry aren't sure the idea will wash with Kiwis, while the Revenue Minister has confirmed it's not something on his agenda for 2016.
Former Heart of the City chief executive Alex Swney was jailed for just over five years for stealing $2.5 million from the organisation and failing to pay $1,792,272 in tax.
Inland Revenue group tax counsel Graham Tubb said at the time he welcomed the sentence, saying Kiwis can be confident people like Swney will eventually be caught.
Former New Plymouth retailers Jianbin Wang and wife Fenglan Liu were more creative when IRD began investigating, and sold their home and three businesses, forwarding much of the proceeds to bank accounts in China. They also withdrew large sums of cash from ATMs and banks around the North Island.
The couple were jailed for their offending but have appealed on the basis the department overstated the amount of money stolen.