Model Bar Refaeli questioned by Israeli authorities over tax evasion

23 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘Bar Refaeli failed to report income totaling tens of millions of shekels’.

Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli was arrested and grilled after a home raid Wednesday for allegedly lying about where she lived to avoid paying taxes on millions of dollars’ worth of income, Agence France-Presse reported Thursday. She’s further suspected of accepting free perks to the tune of “over a million shekels” — or more than $256,000 — in the form of luxury apartments registered in her mother and brother’s names, as well as a Range Rover and a Lexus, Israel’s Tax Authority said in a statement. Authorities lifted a gag order on Thursday permitting the press to report that Refaeli was questioned for hours by tax officials in Tel Aviv as part of an ongoing investigation into alleged financial irregularities. Refaeli even had a contract agreement with the apartment complex’s management that provided for news of her living there to be leaked to gossip sites, the Tax Authority alleged. Tax authorities suspect that Refaeli paid the designer – who was also questioned – NIS 40,000 for work that is believed to be valued at NIS 100,000.

The designer acknowledged that he did, in fact, give Refaeli a significant discount in exchange for which she would offer public relations services on his behalf. Officials say that Refaeli did not report receiving the gift, and that in lieu of payment, she made promotional appearances and did public relations work on behalf of the car manufacturer from whom she accepted the vehicle. In response, Refaeli told investigators that she considered herself to be an expatriate, thus necessitating less tax payments to the Israeli government. Officials are trying to determine whether Refaeli can be considered a resident of Israel, which will go a long way toward determining the amount of taxes she needs to pay.

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