AUSTRALIA’S ANNE HARRIS is in hot water again after building a $1 million home for herself and her husband in the backyard of a Brisbane mansion for the cost of a few hundred square feet.
Ms Harris, who lives in a four-bedroom mansion, has been charged with failing to pay a property tax and failing to provide an undertaking.
The couple’s $2.9 million home in a Brisbane suburb has been assessed at $1,217,500 after the owner had failed to pay the $1m tax bill, the Brisbane Sun reported.
It said Ms Harris and her partner, Michael, had bought the property for $2,100,000 in January 2018.
They paid $1 a month in taxes for five years and the mortgage interest was $9,835, the paper said.
They then added $1 for “legal fees” and $900 for “maintenance and repairs”.
It is alleged the couple paid more than $1million in property taxes in the five years, the report said.
Ms Hamilton-Smith, who runs a property management company, told the Brisbane Mercury she did not know the value of the property and did not understand the tax bill.
“We didn’t know that we were going to have to pay more tax because we didn’t have a deed and that’s what we have to do,” she said.
Mr Hamilton-Simmons, who has a two-year-old son, said the couple’s legal costs would be “a huge amount”. “
It’s been going on for four or five years now.”
Mr Hamilton-Simmons, who has a two-year-old son, said the couple’s legal costs would be “a huge amount”.
Ms Harris was arrested and charged with six counts of tax evasion on February 22.
“They’re taking it way too far, they’re taking the money they don’t have and using it to build a mansion and make a fortune,” he said.
The Australian Federal Police said it was aware of the allegations.
“The AFP is aware of a number of property owners in Queensland who have been investigated by AFP for non-payment of property taxes,” a spokesman said.