The Spanish judiciary considers that the player “did not submit his tax return in time” in 2017, after his first year in Spain.
The French international striker and current Monaco captain, Wissam Ben Yedder, was sentenced to a suspended six-month prison sentence and a fine of 133 thousand and 798.70 euros for tax evasion in Spain, where he played with Seville between 2016 and 2019, a Seville court announced Tuesday.
The ruling was passed with the agreement of all parties, and the French international will not be imprisoned if he does not commit a crime within the next two years. And the Spanish judiciary considers that the player “did not submit his tax return in a timely manner” in 2017, after his first year in Spain.
The Seville court stated that the Spanish tax authorities informed the player on January 4, 2019, but Ben Yedder did not respond to this request until two months later, on March 5, 2019, the date on which he paid 225,323.25 euros to the tax authorities. Spanish.
But according to the Seville Regional Court, the attacker “intentionally falsified his statement by not including the interest received” on three bank accounts he owned, amounting to €1,623.34.
The former Seville club player also neglected to add the income he obtained through the sponsorship contract sealed by a company in his name with the Adidas brand, an income of 79,429 euros for the year 2017.
The Spanish judges ruled that a company “was formed by the player with the sole purpose of concealing this income, and not having to pay taxes on it.”
Accordingly, according to this court “with the income removed from the tax return, the amount to be paid to the Spanish tax authorities should have been €267,597.40”, €42,274 less than the amount the attacker should have paid.
Despite the fact that Ben Yedder later paid 51,000 and 7.40 euros, the court decided to convict him of late payment.