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UK tax authorities investigate clubs, players for tax fraud

EPL By: Linus Onyeze | 01/07/2017

Jose Mourinho has been accused of tax fraud in Spain. Could he also be accused in England?Jose Mourinho has been accused of tax fraud in Spain. Could he also be accused in England?

Premier League players, clubs and managers are set to be investigated for tax fraud by British tax authority, HMRC, following allegations of tax fraud against some players in Spain.

More than 100 footballers, 39 clubs and 13 agents are under investigation by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC), according to the Daily Mail.

The authorities are chasing millions in unpaid tax from players who they suspect of abusing image rights loopholes and tax-avoidance schemes. They are also working closely with their counterparts across Europe as part of an international crackdown.

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In Spain, where there have been allegations of tax fraud over the past month, super-agent Jorge Mendes is accused of helping star clients including Cristiano Ronaldo and Radamel Falcao of failing to declare income from image rights by routing it through a network of offshore companies. Mendes and his clients deny the allegations.

Recently, Cristiano Ronaldo and Jose Mourinho have been accused of tax fraud in Spain, while Angel Di Maria has already been convicted for similar offences.
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