Tuesday, July 29, 2014
A Spanish court will push ahead with prosecuting the Barcelona forward Lionel Messi for alleged tax evasion despite a recommendation from the public prosecutor the charges be dismissed. The entire article in the Guardian is here.
Messi is accused of using a "web of shell companies that were allegedly used to evade taxes due on income from image rights." My guess is that he used basic corporate structures (probably a version of the double dutch sandwich) to avoid Spainish taxes.