Bar Refaeli Owes Back Taxes to Israel
Supermodel Bar Refaeli is once again in the swimsuit issue of Sports Illustrated this year. But that doesn't mean she's invincible. Actually, it just encouraged the Israel Tax Authority to demand more money from her.
Bar Rafaeli's representatives had this great plan, you see. They'd been negotiating for months on an agreement to declare her a nonresident of Israel for tax purposes. That would save her hundreds of thousands of shekels a year.
But the Israel Tax Authority was not amused. They countered with a demand for large amounts in unpaid back taxes. The ITA claims that the center of her life is still in Israel. So even if her company is registered in Singapore, her bank accounts are not in Israel and she spends over half the year abroad. Also, she doesn't pay any taxes in the U.S., where most of her income comes from -- so that's all the more reason she should pay Israel.
It just goes to show ya: no one -- not even a supermodel -- can hide from the taxman. Have you filed yet?