A Youngtown electrical contractor's failure to complete tax documents cost him in court on Tuesday.
Maurice Williams, 56, pleaded guilty to seven counts of failing to comply with a notice to furnish a tax return when he faced the Launceston Magistrates Court.
"He was warned regarding his failures four times," Australian Taxation Office prosecutor Eddie Storace told the court.
"He has been bankrupt before with tax matters."
Mr Storace said Williams has now lodged all the documents, but accumulated a debt of more than $247,000.
In court Williams said he accepted responsibility and would pay back the money he owed.
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Magistrate Ken Stanton noted Williams had no prior convictions for tax matters and had completed the tax returns.
"On the other hand, that it took the summons to achieve that has meant that there have been significant public resources diverted from more useful endeavors to achieve that compliance," Magistrate Stanton said.
Williams was convicted and fined $1500.