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Home Lifestyle Bar Refaeli reaches plea deal in tax evasion case

Bar Refaeli reaches plea deal in tax evasion case

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Israeli prime mannequin Bar Refaeli signed a plea cut price settlement with authorities on Tuesday to settle a long-standing tax evasion case in opposition to her and her household.

The deal would require Refaeli to serve 9 months of neighborhood service whereas her mom, Zipi, can be despatched to jail for 16 months. The 2 are additionally ordered to pay a $1.5 million superb on prime of tens of millions of again taxes owed to the state.

The extended case, constructed across the superstar mannequin’s worldwide earnings and the household’s makes an attempt to downplay her ties to the nation, has sullied a few of Refeali’s earlier picture as a beloved nationwide icon.

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Nonetheless, she stays a preferred TV character and pitch-woman whose picture is ubiquitous on freeway billboards all through the nation. Final yr, she hosted the Eurovision Music Contest in Tel Aviv.

The guts of the case revolves round Refaeli’s residence earlier this decade when she gallivanted around the globe in high-profile modeling campaigns, graced the quilt of the Sports activities Illustrated swimsuit version and had a prolonged romantic relationship with Leonardo DiCaprio.

Israeli tax legislation determines residency primarily upon whether or not the individual spent a lot of the calendar yr in the nation. Refaeli claimed that she hadn’t and subsequently didn’t need to declare her worldwide earnings in sure years.

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However prosecutors rejected her declare and charged her with offering incorrect tax info. For example, Refaeli’s indictment stated she earned some $7.2 million between the years 2009-2012 whereas claiming to reside abroad to keep away from paying taxes on her earnings.

In earlier appeals, an Israeli courtroom dominated that Refaeli’s relationship with DiCaprio didn’t qualify as a “family unit,” and subsequently she couldn’t declare his American residence to keep away from paying the complete taxes she owed.

Refaeli’s legal professionals stated the plea cut price proved she hadn’t deliberately evaded tax funds.

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“In the relevant time period, Bar was in her early 20s, was working as an international model and was not involved in financial matters. Today she is taking responsibility for mistakes that were made,” they stated in an announcement.

Refaeli’s mom, who additionally acted as her agent, was charged with failure to report earnings, avoiding paying taxes and aiding another person in evading tax funds. The indictment stated she signed leases for her daughter below the names of different members of the family to blur Refaeli’s precise residency standing and avoided declaring her personal earnings as her daughter’s agent.

The Related Press contributed to this report. 

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