Tax Denying Farmer Given 5 Years Jail Time

February 24, 2016 New Zealand Taxation

24-02-2005A farmer from the Bay of Plenty has evaded nearly NZd 1.5 million int axes, claiming that he is not obligated to pay any taxes in New Zealand.

On February 24th the Tauranga District Court sentenced a local farmer to four years and nine months jail time for his persistent tax evasion, which is estimated have amounted to approximately NZD 1 450 145 in unpaid taxes.

According to the IRD, the Waihi-based farmer and owner of a butchery, Ewan Malcolm Campbell, “…advised Inland Revenue that it had no authority over him, as he was a beneficiary of the anti-tax movement Nga Uri Whakatipurunga O Ngarae Incorporated.”

It was also claimed that Ewan Campbell persistently refused to cooperate with the IRD, even declining to accept a letter from the IRD delivered to him personally.
Ewan Campbell is claimed to have chosen not file any GST, PAYE, or income tax returns from 2010 onwards, for the incomes and activities of his farm and butchery, and for the wages paid to his staff.

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