28 Aug 2010

'Crocodile Dundee' star still in Australia after tax talks fail

3:02 pm on 28 August 2010

Actor Paul Hogan has failed to overturn a travel ban served on him by the Australian Taxation Office.

The ATO served an order prohibiting departure on the Crocodile Dundee star a week ago in an five year dispute about an unpaid tax bill.

Hogan's lawyer Andrew Robinson met the ATO on Friday afternoon to try to reach an agreement that would allow him to return to Los Angeles.

"Unfortunately a resolution wasn't reached that would allow Paul to depart the country," Mr Robinson told the Nine Network.

Seven Network reported more talks could take place over the weekend.

The order was served on Hogan when he returned to Australia to attend his mother's funeral last week.

Some media outlets have reported the tax bill is more than $A150 million.

"The amount is less than that, but it's an amount that's very significant and is more than Paul has the ability to meet," Mr Robinson said.

Hogan, 70, lives in the United States with his wife, fellow Crocodile Dundee star Linda Kozlowski and their son.