A Pretty Penny: Supermodel Bar Refaeli Under Investigation for Tax Evasion

23 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

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The 30-year-old supermodel, who currently resides in Israel with her husband, Israeli billionaire Adi Ezra, allegedly failed to report millions of dollars worth of income, as well as tens of thousands of dollars in “celebrity benefits,” according to the BBC.One of the world’s highest-paid models, Bar Rafaeli, was arrested in Israel for tax evasion, but even if she does hard time she won’t be the first celeb to land in the clink for tax evasion.

Refaeli was reportedly questioned for 12 hours on Wednesday, leading to her detainment Thursday. (Both she and her mother were released on $193,000 bail that same day, the BBC reports.) Among the supermodel’s alleged unreported expenditures: free cars she received in exchange for giving brands publicity and a luxury apartment in Tel Aviv, where she lives. The former Fugees singer and eight-time Grammy winner was sentenced to three months in the federal pen for failing to pay taxes on more than $1.5 million in earnings made between 2005 and 2007. Leonardo DiCaprio’s former flame is also being accused of trying to hide the fact that she is a resident of Israel, since nonresidents are not required to declare earnings abroad. “There is no drama.

She said that she stopped paying taxes after she dropped out of the music business — but after finishing her prison time in 2013 she jumped back in the biz with a much-hyped post-prison show. 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.

That is a problem that very, very few people in this world have. “Wait which free car are you talking about?” is a question that not many people have ever asked anybody, let alone the Israeli tax people. I thought you meant the Range Rover,” is so beyond the realm of anything that probably 99.9 percent of human beings on this planet have ever said that it’s almost hysterical. But for those of us who don’t happen to have a garage full of luxury automobiles that we were given for taking a picture with the automobiles, this is, in its way, a very absurd story. Because you don’t want to someday be in the position of Bar Refaeli, sitting in some interrogation room, looking at photos of gleaming luxury S.U.V.s and saying, “Oh thooose free cars . . .” Because that’s just embarrassing.

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