Hogan’s artistic collaborator John Cornell and the pair’s financial adviser Tony Stewart were also accused in the Federal Court of lodging tax returns that contain “false and misleading statements”. The ACC alleges the statements were made to avoid their tax obligations and to “evade paying income tax in Australia”.
The actor haven’t left Australia due to the accusations and required to pay millions of dollars in back taxes.
Andrew Robinson, Hogan’s lawyer said in a statement that he was served with a departure prohibition order by the Australian Taxation Office when he traveled to Sydney for his mother’s funeral.
“The process of detaining Paul in Australia away from his wife and child in Los Angeles has devastated Paul,” Mr. Robinson wrote in a statement.
Mr. Hogan, who is based in the United States, denies the charges that was investigated by Australian officials who say he put film royalties in offshore tax havens.
Sashi Maharaj, QC, counsel for the commission of the Federal Court said that the criminal inquiry was ”virtually complete” and that the documents sought by the commission were ”fairly critical” to plans to charge the men.
The documents retrieved by The Weekend Australian, the tax office has told Hogan it is considering him an Australian resident for tax purposes for the years 1987 to 2005. During eight of those years, from 1995 to 2002, Hogan paid tax in the US, where he now permanently resides. From 2002 to 2005, Hogan lived in Australia.
No tax-related charges have been laid against Hogan, Cornell or Stewart, and all have denied any wrongdoing in relation to their tax affairs.