Australia still wants the millions in taxes it says actor Paul Hogan owes, but tax officials relented a bit and have let the Crocodile Dundee star return to his home in Los Angeles.
"The figures that I've seen in the paper are between $3 million and $150 million and it is somewhere in that area and I can tell you quite honestly I can't pay it," Hogan told Australias' ACA/Channel Nine. "I can't pay 10 percent of it. I'm not as rich as people think I am."
The dispute between Hogan and the Australian tax office dates back five years to an Australian probe into offshore tax havens, a claim Hogan has adamantly denied.
"I actually came out here at the request of the Australian Crime Commission at my own time and expense to assist them with their inquiries," he said in the TV interview.
"If I was a tax evader, which I'm not, I must be the dumbest one in the world, because they gave me five years' notice that they'd seized every bit of paper that my tax advisers and lawyers and accountants [had] and said 'we're after you.'"
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