Crocodile Dundee star Paul Hogan lashed out at Australian tax authorities after he was barred from leaving the country until he settles a multimillion-dollar tax debt.
The 70-year-old actor was served with a departure prohibition order last month after he flew to his native country to attend his 101-year-old mother Florences funeral from his home in California (see Crocodile Dundee Star Held by Aussie Tax Officials). He has been fighting Australian authorities for five years in U.S. and Australian courts over the taxes, which Australian authorities claim on approximately $38 million in income that they say he stashed in off-shore tax havens. Hogan has denied the allegations.
Hogan blasted the Australian Tax Office during a TV interview broadcast Tuesday on the Nine Networks A Current Affair.
I cant pay 10 percent of what theyre asking bugger em, he said, according to Reuters.
If I was a tax evader, which Im not, I must be the dumbest one in the world to keep coming back here instead of fleeing to a tax haven, he added. I know theyre absolutely desperate to nail some high-profile character with money to justify the expense to the taxpayer.
Hogan claimed that he has already paid Australia more than his fair share of taxes. Ive paid more than a wise businessman would have, he said. I dont have and never had the money people think I got and its none of their business.
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