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 Post subject: Özil's taxes
PostPosted: Sat Dec 03, 2016 2:03 am 
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Either I am reading the wrong news outlets, or this hasn't gained much traction yet in the UK. Football Leaks has handed Der Spiegel a huge data package on all kinds of dodgy financial stuff, from contracts to tax cheating.

The first Spiegel story is on tax fraud. The most famous cases seem to be C. Ronaldo, who used a letterbox company for 75m of advertising income, and our very own Mesut Özil, who had to pay 2m + 790k financial penalties to Spanish tax authorities. Apparently the salary for his agent was paid by Real and Arsenal respectively, and not by Özil himself. The Spanish authorities saw this as an unjust tax advantage.

Der Spiegel is going pretty big with this right now, it's going to be an interesting few weeks. Although I'm sure that the broader political question - it's not footballers dodging taxes, but rich people (Trump :wave: ) - won't be touched.


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