Friday, May 9, 2014

La fama en España

81 years old soprano Montserat Caballe joins the list of victims of The Inquisition, that already includes;
Lola Flores, the larger-than-life flamenco singer and dancer from the 1950s and 1960s, who had dubbed herself Lola de España...Tennis player Arantxa Sánchez Vicario, who is still fighting a tax demand for €3.5 million after a court found her guilty of evasion in 2009...Arantxa’s brother Javier, opera singer Alfredo Kraus, model Judit Mascó, tennis player Carlos Moyà and rally driver Carlos Sainz.
for failing to render unto César.... More to be envied, and destroyed;
Arantxa’s other brother, Emilio, chose Bulgaria as his tax domicile, while other notable names from the world of tennis such as Sergi Bruguera and Alberto Berasategui opted for Monaco, along with cyclist Abraham Olano and the late golfer Severiano Ballesteros.
Switzerland was the destination of choice for tennis player Conchita Martínez, along with racing drivers Pedro de la Rosa and Fernando Alonso and, from 2013, motorcyclist Jorge Lorenzo. Until 2010 Lorenzo had opted for London, alongside fellow motorcycle rider Dani Pedrosa. In 2013 motorcyclist Sete Gibernau was found guilty of evading €2.8 million in taxes between 2005 and 2006. Though he had claimed to live in Switzerland, the Tax Agency found that he was in fact living in Spain. 
And Spain can't have anyone succeeding on the plain;
Tennis player Rafael Nadal’s businesses turned over €56 million between 2005 and 2011, but were registered in the Basque Country, where they were subject to lower tax rates than he would have had to pay in Mallorca, where he lives.
Entertainer José Luis Moreno tried to do the same, but a court found against him, noting that his company Miramón Mendi did not carry out any of its activities in the region.
Singer Isabel Pantoja was sentenced to two years in prison in 2013 and fined €1,147,000....
Celebrity chef Sergi Arola also fell foul of the tax authorities last year, and his Michelin-starred Gastro restaurant was closed. ....
Ana Torroja, former singer with 80s pop trio Mecano, was found guilty on April 9 of evading taxes in 2003, 2006, and 2007. She was fined €1.5 million and sentenced to five months in prison. 
It's a wonder anyone still lives there.

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