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@Cristiano -Ronaldo Could Face A Prison Sentence over Tax Fraud?

The Portuguese has been accused of tax fraud, according to documents supplied to German publication Der Spiegel by Football Leaks.
It has been claimed that Ronaldo has shifted at least €150 million (R2.2 billion) in income through tax havens in the British Virgin Islands since 2009.
On Monday, the union of Spain's tax agency employees requested that Spanish authorities look into Ronaldo's case and estimated that the player could be fined €600 000 (R8.9 million) for each year between 2011 and 2013, and also face a prison sentence of two to six years per incident if found guilty.
"In the case of Cristiano Ronaldo, the Tax Agency has ordered an inspection for the years 2011, 2012 and 2013," a statement read, as published by the Daily Star.
"For each of those years, if there has been tax fraud, it would probably surpass 600 000 euros and if companies in tax havens had been used, we'd be talking about 'aggravated fiscal fraud' which would carry a prison sentence of two to six years for each crime.
"However, if the player admits wrongdoing and pays back the amounts requested, in his case, the punishment could be reduced so he would receive a maximum prison sentence of 18 months if convicted of three counts of tax fraud and would avoid jail as a first-time offender."
It appears that if Ronaldo admits to any wrongdoing after being found guilty, the potential sentence could be reduced to 18 months in prison.
However, similar to Lionel Messi's case, the Portuguese would not actually have to serve the sentence in prison as he would be regarded as a first-time offender with a sentence of less than 24 months.
Ronaldo's agency Gestifute, which is owned by his representative Jorge Mendes, has issued a statement denying any wrongdoing by the player
"After the news that have been published in the last days on alleged irregularities of Cristiano Ronaldo's tax declarations, we hereby disclosed the official document issued by the Spanish tax agency confirming that Cristiano Ronaldo is up to date on his obligations, as he has always been in every country where he has played," a press release from the agency read.
"Cristiano Ronaldo has always acted in good faith in this matter, as the fact that he has never been involved in any conflict with the Tax Authorities from any country where he has lived clearly shows."
The leaked documents also accused Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho of wrongdoing during his time at Real between 2010 and 2013, for allegedly shifting his income via six countries and a New Zealand-based trust in his wife's name in order to pay less tax.
But Gestifute has dismissed any wrongdoing on the part of both their high-profile clients, as quoted by Daily Star:
"Both Cristiano Ronaldo and Jose Mourinho are fully compliant with their tax obligations with the Spanish and British tax authorities," the agency said in a statement.
"Any insinuation or accusation made of Cristiano Ronaldo or Jose Mourinho over the commission of a tax offence will be reported to the legal authorities and prosecuted."
Sphamandla Ntshokotsha

Sphamandla Ntshokotsha

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1 comment:

  1. Tax and financial things are very complicated, you can't expect ordinary footballers to understand unless they get professional advisers. It's a pity that Madrid fans were quick to label Messi a fraud, now one of their own is under investigation I what they are saying now. ..

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