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Very interesting story. ATO 1 God 0.
A northern Tasmanian woman who has not filed a tax return since 1996 on “religious grounds” has been fined $8,500 for failing to pay tax.
Clemencia Barnes of White Hills in northern Tasmania said she objected to paying tax to the Australian Government on religious grounds because her taxes could be used to pay for war or conflict.
In January, Ms Barnes was ordered to file tax returns for the financial years between 2000 and 2010.
She refused and was found guilty on 10 counts of failing to comply with a court order and fined $850 for each count.
In sentencing in the Magistrates Court in Launceston, Magistrate Reg Marron said he had no doubt that Ms Barnes’s religious views were genuinely held, but they did not amount to a defence.
Outside court, Ms Barnes maintained she had the right not to file tax returns.
“Under the law of the constitution I have a right to object to this,” she said.
“It isn’t just me being difficult or thinking I know more than anybody else, it’s my belief that I’m allowed to have belief in God.”
She said she was opposed to armed conflict.
“The time that they actually decided to go to overseas with our young men I wrote to the department and said I can’t let you have my tax so that these young men and women [are] killed in the war on my behalf. I can’t do that,” she said.
“That’s all this is about.
“They send people to war and they get killed on our behalf, if you’re halfway decent you’re going to say that’s not OK.”
Last year Magistrate Marron warned Ms Barnes a custodial sentence was a potential outcome of the case.
“I was anticipating and I would have accepted that if that was going to happen, I would not have questioned that,” she said.
“Basically I don’t actually want to go to jail, believe me, but I will go if I have to.”
The maximum penalty for each count was a fine of $5,500 or 12 months in prison.
The court heard Ms Barnes worked as a mental health counsellor but now received a commonwealth pension.
“If they want to take it off me that’s fine because it isn’t about the pension, it’s about a belief in God and what I need to do,” she said.
She has not decided if she will start lodging tax returns and said she would also have to consider whether she will pay the fine.
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