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Bolt Strikes At Diamond League Games, Says UK Races Hinge On Tax Laws

28 July 2013

Usain Bolt said he wouldn’t race in the U.K. after the Olympics unless they changed their tax laws… and they did, extending the laws in place for the Olympics for the Diamond Games. But is this a trend?

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Footballer Messi May Settle Tax Evasion Case For Millions

27 June 2013

Goaaaaal! Football phenom, Lionel Messi, has reportedly scored in his battle against the Spanish authorities. The Spanish publication, El Periodico, has announced that the FC [entity display="Barcelona" type="organization" active="true" key="barcelona" natural_id="fred/team/90942"]Barcelona[/entity] star has reached an agreement with Spanish tax authorities and will not face tax charges. According to El Periodico, Messi has agreed to pay […]

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Court Date Set For Messi As Details Emerge On Tax Evasion Charges

20 June 2013

A court date has been set for Spanish football Lionel Messi. The four-time World Player of the Year must appear in a Barcelona court on September 17 to answer to charges of tax fraud. The 26 year old sports phenom, who hails originally from Argentina, made his debut on the world football stage in [entity […]

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Putin On The Blitz: Football Billionaire Says Russian President Took Super Bowl Ring

16 June 2013

The tale of New England Patriots owner and billionaire Robert Kraft and his XXXIX Super Bowl ring has taken a bizarre turn. At Carnegie Hall’s Medal of Excellence gala at the Waldorf-Astoria awards ceremony on Thursday, Kraft discussed the history of the ring, claiming that it was stolen by Russian President Vladimir Putin during a […]

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Did Spanish Taxing Authorities Target Messi To Send A Message To The World?

13 June 2013

A collective gasp went out from the sports world this week when Lionel Messi, together with his father, were accused by Spanish tax authorities of filing fraudulent tax returns for the years 2007-2009. Allegedly, the pair used a series of offshore companies to avoid nearly €4m ($5.3 million U.S.) in taxes attributable to licensing his […]

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Football Phenom Lionel Messi Draws Tax Evasion Charges

12 June 2013

The World Player of the Year for football (soccer for my American readers) is finding himself in the spotlight for reasons other than sports this week. Lionel Messi, together with his father, are facing accusation by Spanish tax authorities of filing fraudulent tax returns for the years 2007-2009. Criminal charges were filed today by prosecutor […]

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Steinbrenner Puts A Check In Win Column In Tax Victory Over IRS

10 June 2013

Things are turning around for the Yankees. Derek Jeter, who hasn’t played this season, made an appearance on the field today, taking a few practice swings. The team is 2nd in the AL East (and yes, their winning percentage is much better than my beloved Phillies who are a dismal 3rd in the NL East). […]

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Like Tiger And Bubba, Taxpayers Can Win At The U.S. Open, Too

8 June 2013

I don’t golf. If you’ve ever met me in real life, you’d know this in a matter of minutes. I don’t have the patience for it. I can’t sit nicely and wait my turn. I’m a bit loud. Also, I look terrible in polo shirts. So I’m not really your target audience for golf. But […]

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Bayern Munich Could Boot GM As Tax Scandal Grows, Impacting German Elections

2 May 2013

On jersey days at school, most kids show up wearing Eagles or Flyers jerseys. My kids? Philadelphia Union or Bayern Munich jerseys. We even have the scarves, balls and banners – we’re largely a soccer family. It’s fun for the kiddos to play – and fun to watch. We’re hardly alone. Soccer is played by […]

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Whoa, Cowboy: Tax Laws May Make Romo Highest Paid NFL Player

4 April 2013

Who had the best holiday weekend? Looks like it might have been Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, who signed a 6-year $108 million contract extension. Jerry Jones, Cowboys owner, president and general manager said about the signing: In today’s game, every NFL franchise understands the importance of production and continuity at the quarterback position, and, […]

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