Bar Refaeli Sentenced to Community Service,Her Mother Gets 16 Months behind Bars for Tax Evasion

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Israeli courtroom ruling upholds plea settlement reached between the supermodel and her mom on allegations of avoiding to pay taxes.

Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli was sentenced on Sunday to 9 months of community service whereas her mom was sentenced to 16 months in jail, after the 2 pleaded responsible to tax evasion earlier this yr. 

The Tel Aviv Justice of the Peace’s Courtroom ruling upheld the sentence set forth within the plea settlement reached between Refaeli and her dad and mom, Tzipi and Rafi, with the prosecution on allegations of tax evasion and false tax reporting. Tzipi will go to jail on September 21, and Bar will report on the identical day for service work.

Bar Refaeli (proper) and her mom, Zipi Refaeli, on Sunday. (ARIEL SCHALIT/POOL/AFP by way of Getty Photos)

The judge noted that she thought-about the 2’s contribution to society, Tzipi’s medical situation, Bar being the mom of three youngsters, and the truth that in lots of instances tax offenders don’t have any prison file. “I’ve concluded that that is an general punishment which is reasonable,” stated the judge.

The plea settlement, which is geared toward settling all prison and civil claims involving the supermodel’s taxes, would require the family to pay any outstanding taxes that the tax authorities decide are due, along with a 5 million shekel ($1.4 million) fine. Bar Refaeli may also withdraw the tax appeals that she at present has pending earlier than the Israeli Supreme Courtroom and the Tel Aviv District Courtroom for the years 2009 by means of 2012.

A few yr and a half in the past, the prosecutor’s workplace knowledgeable Refaeli and her dad and mom that it was contemplating submitting prison prices in opposition to them, topic to a preindictment listening to, on suspicion of offering false data to the tax assessor and of concealing data to attenuate the mannequin’s ties to Israel, in an effort to keep away from paying Israeli taxes.

In line with the indictment filed on Tuesday, Tzipi Refaeli is charged partly with offering false data and failure to report revenue to keep away from paying taxes or to assist another person in evading tax. Bar Refaeli is charged offering incorrect data with out authorized justification.

At concern in one of many tax appeals that Bar Refaeli filed was the query of which nation was the middle of her life for tax functions at a time when she was in a relationship with American actor Leonardo DiCaprio. She claimed that the middle of her life on the time was the US, however was ordered in April of final yr to pay eight million shekels in tax for the years 2009 and 2010 primarily based on a discovering that she was a resident of Israel throughout that interval.

Bar Refaeli leaves a court in Tel Aviv on Sunday. (Ariel Schalit/AP)
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Beneath Israeli legislation, residency for tax functions is set at the beginning by whether or not the individual spends a lot of the yr in Israel. However the legislation acknowledges different elements which will take priority, equivalent to the place the individual’s household lives and the place she or he is employed.

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