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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Paul Hogan Vs Australian Tax Office or "Thats not a tax bill - THIS is a tax bill.

It must be a 50 something thing. Absurdity seems to be everywhere. here's the latest........

Paul Hogan has been forbidden from leaving Australia indefinitely. This is on the unsubstantiated whim of a public servant who didn't like being a called a boof head by Hoges on his last visit home.

I'm not a news journalist nor do I have any sources but all the information in the public domain says the claim by the Australian Tax Office is driven by poor research, misinformation and a personal vendetta by the moron in charge.

This is the most telling piece of journalism so far

"Despite the five-year investigation into his affairs, it was not until recently that authorities outlined to Hogan that they believed his "state of mind" back in 1986 about the use of offshore structures was based on evidence given to them by John Gibb, a former accountant to Hogan. Gibb told authorities he warned Hogan the structure was not legal."

and then

'"The Australian newspaper obtained a copy of the outline of the case against Hogan - but also revealed on Saturday that this was only half the story.
In fact Gibb had earlier told authorities in a separate interview that Hogan had also received advice from a senior tax barrister who said the structure was legitimate.
The Australian understands this barrister was Graham Hill, widely regarded as one of the best tax barristers in Australia before being appointed a Federal Court judge.
It is yet to be explained by authorities why this piece of information about the Hill advice has been discarded.
"It is all based on the word of a disgruntled, discharged, former employee," Hogan said of the case built against him"

The complete article can be read here
And tax payers are funding this debacle.

8 comments:

  1. Its quite amazing what taxpayers DO end up paying for. I wonder if the entertainment of finding out is worth it? I will treasure the epithet 'Boof head' and look forward to an opportunity to use it!

    Enjoyed your 'Over fifties' list. Have to share an anecdote: I had a huge collection of Vinyls and a young lodger. He loved my vinyls and listened to one side of each of them. One day, he put on something I wanted to hear the B-side of, so I asked him to turn it over and he said: 'You can turn these over? Oh wow! That's amazing! Far out!'and other exclamations of amazement, wonder and glee...

    Your stopping smoking post made me feel rather guilty. Something I should be considering too :(

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  2. Thanks MM.......my young next door neighbor professed a liking a liking for Paul McCartneys original works.......with Wings!

    Enjoy the smoking ;-)

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  3. I hope they don't come after taxi drivers.
    I am hoping to visit OZ in the spring but I have been watching border patrol on TV, now I don't know if I will get in.
    I had a slight problem with the USA when I asked the black guy if he was Chyanne, because if he was African American how had he any right to stop me. My wife told him I was mad!

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  4. But I thought he lived in LA with that girl from Crocodile Dundee

    Good post

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  5. This doesn't sound very sensible. I guess things like this could happen pretty often though, will be interesting to see how it turns out.

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