Christchurch bankrupt Dave Henderson has been found guilty of seven tax charges involving about $163,000.
Henderson, 60, faced seven charges of aiding and abetting his company Dweller Ltd to apply tax deductions or deemed tax deductions for purposes other than payment to the Commissioner of Inland Revenue.
Henderson’s trial took nearly a year to conclude. It started last November and carried on into May, June, August and September.
The offences occurred in 2010. About $163,00 of tax was not paid.
Henderson was remanded on bail for sentencing on November 12. The offending carries a maximum penalty of five years’ jail and/or a $50,000 fine.
The convictions end another chapter in Henderson’s battles with Inland Revenue.
Henderson has previous convictions on tax charges and fought IRD over a $1m tax assessment in 1996. He eventually got the assessment overturned and was granted a refund of $65,000. A book (1999) and movie (2007) followed.
IRD put Henderson’s mothership company Property Ventures Ltd (PVL) into liquidation in 2010 and he was in the same year made bankrupt.
Christchurch District Court Judge Gary McAskill said on Thursday Henderson’s decision-making role was illustrated by emails he exchanged with staff members in 2010..
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