Offshore: Ronaldo's Deepening Trouble with the Tax Man

Offshore: Ronaldo's Deepening Trouble with the Tax Man

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 26, 2018

As DER SPIEGEL reported in its latest issue, Cristiano Ronaldo used more offshore structures than had previously been known. He dissolved one of them immediately after receiving a request for comment from the newsweekly. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

New Tax Problems: Lionel Messi Paid around 12 Million Euros in Back Taxes

New Tax Problems: Lionel Messi Paid around 12 Million Euros in Back Taxes

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 12, 2018

Facing what could have been a new round of troubles with fiscal authorities, football player Lionel Messi paid 12 million euros in back taxes at the end of 2016. Documents supplied by Football Leaks show that FC Barcelona ultimately jumped in to cover the superstar's tax debt. By Rafael Buschmann, Jürgen Dahlkamp, Gunther Latsch, Nicola Naber, Jörg Schmitt and Michael Wulzinger more... Comment ]


Wolfgang Kubicki on Tax Havens: 'We Can Solve the Problem Unilaterally'

Wolfgang Kubicki on Tax Havens: 'We Can Solve the Problem Unilaterally'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 10, 2017

Wolfgang Kubicki of the business-friendly Free Democrats could end up being Germany's next finance minister. He spoke with DER SPIEGEL about what should be done about tax havens in the EU and further afield. Interview Conducted by Christian Reiermann more... Comment ]

Game for the Wealthy: The Ongoing Battle against Tax Havens

Game for the Wealthy: The Ongoing Battle against Tax Havens

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 10, 2017

The Paradise Papers offer only the most recent look into the widespread practice of tax avoidance. Governments around the world have taken steps recently to block such strategies, but it is unclear whether they will ultimately be successful. By Christian Reiermann more... Comment ]


The Lure of Luxembourg: A Peek Behind the VW Tax Haven Curtain

The Lure of Luxembourg: A Peek Behind the VW Tax Haven Curtain

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 28, 2017

Volkswagen has established several companies in Luxembourg in recent years, worth a total of 17 billion euros. The structure has raised suspicions that the German carmaker is trying to sidestep the tax office back home. By Simon Hage, Martin Hesse and Blaz Zgaga more... Comment ]

Malta Leaks: Playing the Shell Game in the Mediterranean

Malta Leaks: Playing the Shell Game in the Mediterranean

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 24, 2017

Malta poses as a model member of the European Union, but it makes its living off of large European companies seeking to avoid higher tax rates back home. DER SPIEGEL went to the island nation to investigate, and found a lot of empty offices and empty words. more... Comment ]


Dodgy Gaming Business: Malta Plays Fast and Loose with Online Gambling Firms

Dodgy Gaming Business: Malta Plays Fast and Loose with Online Gambling Firms

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 24, 2017

When it comes to online gaming, Malta is a true paradise. The country's supervisory controls are loose and officials often look the other way, opening the door for possible money laundering and tax evasion, a whistleblower claims. By Christoph Pauly more...

Internal EU Documents: How the Benelux Blocked Anti-Tax Haven Laws

Internal EU Documents: How the Benelux Blocked Anti-Tax Haven Laws

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 06, 2015

Internal European Union documents seen by SPIEGEL clearly show how Luxembourg's government, under the leadership of Jean-Claude Juncker, sought to use tax breaks to attract companies to the country. European parliamentarians want to know more. By Markus Becker, Peter Müller and Christoph Pauly more... Comment ]


Berlusconi Power Play: Daughter Marina Waits in the Wings

Berlusconi Power Play: Daughter Marina Waits in the Wings

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 05, 2013

Silvio Berlusconi's party has threatened to back out of the governing coalition if its leader isn't pardoned for tax evasion. Barring that, Italy's former prime minister seems to have decided on a successor: his daughter Marina. By Hans-Jürgen Schlamp in Rome more... Comment ]

Facing Trial: Bayern Munich President Charged With Tax Evasion

Facing Trial: Bayern Munich President Charged With Tax Evasion

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 30, 2013

German prosecutors have filed tax evasion charges against Bayern Munich President Uli Hoeness, one of the most prominent figures in German football, after he reported himself to authorities earlier this year over a previously undeclared Swiss bank account. more... Comment ]