Battles with tax office resolved
AFTER a two-year battle to clear alleged debts of more than $100,000, Banora Point's John Duyker is finally in the black. The former director of the South Tweed Rugby Leagues Club was being pursued by the Australian Tax Office for debts of $103,000, relating to the closure of the club. But with the stroke of a pen, he yesterday received written confirmation that the debt had been settled without him having to pay a cent. "The tax has been withdrawn. Most definitely there is light at the end of the tunnel. I am extremely happy with what has happened, I had to come home from work at 8.30am to check it was correct," he said. "I am 99 per cent sure I can't lose my house and that the debt is very minimal." Mr Duyker is not sure why his saga has come to such a swift end after years of battles that have impacted on his health, family and friends. "I would not know. All I can say is that I persisted with the truth and it has actually set me free. My advice to others is that if you can keep relating to the truth you cannot be condemned," he said. "But it is not all over. I have so many unanswered questions that I will never know. What happens if I had've paid that money 12 months ago when they wanted it? Would I have got my house back if I gave it up?"