Category: Sport

Newcastle United and West Ham raided in HMRC tax fraud investigation

Newcastle managing director Lee Charnley released after HMRC investigation Offices at St James’ Park and club training ground raided by tax authorities The offices of Newcastle United and West Ham United were raided on Wednesday morning and Chelsea confirmed they were asked to provide information as part of a wide-ranging...

HMRC to visit football clubs to review ‘image rights’ and other tax compliance

Dedicated technical experts from the UK’s HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) will visit all English Premier League, Championship and Scottish Premier League clubs over a three year period and review all compliance risks including payments to players, the government has said. The statement was made in Treasury Minutes containing the...

Nearly 200 footballers are facing an HMRC probe for using an ‘image rights tax dodge’ to cut their bills

HMRC confirm 43 players, 12 clubs and eight agents are under investigation But more than 100 more footballers are also being looked at over their tax Majority of England team are using legal loophole to reduce image rights tax Deals allowing clubs to pay part of salary that way also...

Call for probe into Jose Mourinho ‘offshore tax haven’

Calls have been made for an investigation into Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho’s financial affairs after claims millions of pounds was moved offshore to avoid tax. It is alleged Mourinho’s advisers may have helped him avoid paying tax on earnings from the use of his image rights for product endorsement...

Taxman targets Real and Barca over fraud, says report

Giants Real Madrid and Barcelona are among five La Liga clubs from whom the Spanish taxman is looking to recover €52 million (RM244 million), online newspaper El Confidencial claimed yesterday. Alongside Atletico Madrid, Sevilla and Valencia, the big two are accused of having avoided tax by paying player’s agents directly....

Fourteen football clubs to stand trial before the sports tribunal on tax evasion’s charges

The investigation, dubbed “Offside,” was launched three years ago and conducted by Naples Public Prosecutor’s Office. The alleged offense was criminal association aimed at tax evasion. Now that the sports prosecutor has completed the investigation, the first results are emerging. Fourteen football clubs will stand trial before the sports tribunal...

Banks may ship millions in cash overseas

They are considering clubbing together to ship large amounts of US dollars to their offshore bank accounts as the result of a new Central Bank policy toward physical notes. The Central Bank recently stopped accepting physical dollar deposits from commercial banks, said several bankers at private lenders, who were not...

Bloomberg BNA Provides Insights into 2016 U.S and International Tax Policy

ARLINGTON, Va., Jan. 14, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Bloomberg BNA today announced the publication of the Daily Tax Report’s 2016 Outlook on tax and accounting policy. Dozens of policy experts, along with current and former members of Congress, congressional staffers and federal agency officials provided insights on the year ahead regarding...

IRS goes after Royce Gracie claiming tax underpayment, fraud totaling $1.15 million

Royce Gracie isn’t scheduled to fight at Bellator 149 until February, but he’s in a serious fight with the IRS over his taxes, including whether he rightfully claimed a tax credit for the poor. Remember the scrawny guy in a gi who smoked the field at UFC 1 and had...

Sean Connery’s Wife Could Face Prison In ‘Operation Goldfinger’ Tax Case

Sean Connery has not played James Bond for years, but is still a public figure prosecutors might like to attack. He was cleared, but Mr. Connery’s wife, Micheline Roquebrune, has been charged with taking part in an alleged plot to defraud the Spanish treasury of millions in taxes. It is...

Motor racing legend Alan Jones linked to serial conman Peter Foster

Australian motor racing legend Alan Jones has become embroiled in the collapse of an online gambling company operated by notorious conman Peter Foster which owes $11.5 million to about 150 investors. The 69-year-old former winner of the Formula One Drivers’ Championship was named in a writ to be lodged in...

German state buys USB said to hold evidence of €600m in tax avoidance

Tax authorities in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia have purchased a USB stick reported to hold evidence of tax avoidance and illegal deals worth more than €600m (£427m). Investigators are believed to have paid more than €5m for the data, the highest amount handed over for such information, according...

OECD lists the top 10 toughest countries on tax evasion

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) is behind the new measures to automatically exchange tax information between nations and manage the differences on how tax issues are dealt with. Top ten countries The contractor management specialist CXC Global has identified the ten countries with the most aggressive approach...

Spain lionel messi royalties switzerland offshore companies tax evasion court case

Spanish prosecutors have dropped all tax fraud charges against FC Barcelona’s Argentinian star Lionel Messi, but will pursue the case against his father. Jorge Horacio Messi and the footballer were accused of defrauding Spain’s tax office by not paying €4m (£2.9m, $4.5m) due in taxes between 2007-09. If convicted, the...

Xabi Alonso Denies Tax Fraud : Case Follows Mascherano’s €1.5m Back-Payment

Former Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso has denied that he is guilty of defrauding Spain’s tax authorities. The country’s revenue services claim that Alonso – currently with Bayern Munich – defrauded the state by having his image rights paid to companies based in overseas countries. A complaint has been lodged...

Sol Campbell clashes with Labour MP over mansion tax on his £25million house in Chelsea and Northumberland ‘country pile’

Sol Campbell owns £25m house in London and Northumberland mansion He appeared on BBC2’s Daily Politics to explain mansion tax was unfair Ex-England footballer said proposed levy was a ‘tax on aspiration’ He said Labour should instead pursue companies who had avoided tax But MP Owen Smith said people had...

Switzerland’s wealthy expats braced for vote on tax break

ZURICH (Reuters) – Many of Switzerland’s foreign millionaires will be watching nervously on Sunday as voters decide whether or not to scrap one of the country’s biggest tax perks for expatriates. Switzerland’s system of charging foreign residents with no gainful activity in the country a lump sum based on their...

Hiding Assets Under Pet Names Looks Willful, Even For Lionel Messi With 400 Goals

There is nothing illegal about tax planning. Yet some things are legal while others are not, and the lines can sometimes get fuzzy. Add to that the fact that some people go to extraordinary lengths to avoid paying taxes, and it can be a recipe for disaster. Increasingly, if you...

Hiding Assets Under Pet Names Looks Willful, Even For Lionel Messi With 400 Goals

There is nothing illegal about tax planning. Yet some things are legal while others are not, and the lines can sometimes get fuzzy. Add to that the fact that some people go to extraordinary lengths to avoid paying taxes, and it can be a recipe for disaster. Increasingly, if you...

Now David Beckham is set to receive tax demand: HMRC targets celebrities and sportsmen who have invested in potential tax avoidance projects

David Beckham, cricketer David Gower and Conservative MP Andrew Mitchell are among those set to receive tax demands totalling millions of pounds after investing in potential tax avoidance projects. HM Revenue & Customs is understood to have been sending out letters to investors in film finance schemes set up by...

Leicester City defender Matthew Upson linked with Inside Track tax avoidance?

Leicester City defender Matthew Upson is being linked to a scheme that is currently being investigated for tax avoidance. According to the Leicester Mercury, the 35-year-old could end up paying out thousands of pounds as a result of the investigation. The former England international reportedly invested in the Inside Track fund, which gives benefits...