And finally… persona non taxa
A man in Australia who has claimed the country’s taxation laws do not apply to him because he does not accept recognition as a person has been told by a magistrate that his argument “would make a mockery of the law”.
Glen James Polglaise, of North Bendigo, Australia, failed to submit six tax returns for the financial years ending 2012 to 2017.
On Wednesday, Polglaise – who stated his name was Glen, of the family Polglaise – told the Bendigo Magistrates Court that “as a human being who waives my right to recognition as a person”, he did not accept the six charges of failing to provide an income tax return.
The case began when Australian Taxation Office prosecutor Gavin Deriu told the court Polglaise had sent a letter to the ATO in December 2016, which contained constitutional arguments as to why taxation laws did not apply to him.
In the letter Polglaise cited international covenants including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Universal Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, quoting the latter’s assertion that no one should be held in servitude, in order to support his argument that he could not be heldt subject to taxation laws.
He also stated that the person named in the charges was not him, and argued his “natural wealth” was being withheld.