Developer Hendo facing tax-related charges

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The high-profile Queenstown developer who once took on Inland Revenue and won is facing alleged tax-related charges.

Bankrupt former Five Mile developer Dave “Hendo” Henderson appeared in Queenstown District Court today (Monday) on nine charges relating to him allegedly aiding and abetting Dweller Ltd to knowingly not pay $183,232 worth of PAYE deductions to the IRD between May 2010 and January 2011.

Henderson, 57, is listed as the sole director of Dweller which was previously known as Five Mile Developments Ltd. Dweller was put into liquidation in December, 2010.

Henderson appeared before Judge Michael Turner – a lawyer told the court Henderson would represent himself on the charges.

Henderson has applied for disclosure of documents before he’ll reappear on April 2. Now living in the Queenstown area, he’s been remanded at large.

In the 1990s, Henderson and the IRD were locked in a five-year battle over GST. IRD told him he owed $924,341 in taxes and penalties and was charged with fraud. The department eventually conceded he didn’t owe the money and fraud charges were dropped. They also admitted they owed Henderson $64,000.

Henderson went on to write a book Be Very Afraid: One Man’s Stand Against the IRD, which was turned into the film We’re Here to Help in 2007.

In 2003, Henderson bought the Christchurch building which housed the IRD’s Canterbury headquarters and named it Henderson House.

Henderson’s company Five Mile Holdings Ltd – behind the billion-dollar Five Mile development in Frankton – went into liquidation in July 2008 and the site was put up for mortgagee sale in 2009.