International Financial Law Prof Blog

Editor: William Byrnes
Texas A&M University
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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Lionel Messi to be Prosecuted for Alleged Tax Evasion of $5.4 million

Unknown-1A 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.

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