Brazilian and Barcelona star Neymar and his father have been ordered to pay a fine of 460,000 reals (US $113,000) by a Brazilian court regarding their unpaid taxes during 2007-08.
Neymar is expecting to appeal against the decision, according to his lawyers, as reported by UOL.
The fine was issued regarding the back-tax payments which both Neymar and his father made in 2012, as per the order of the Brazilian Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Neymar’s father had appealed against the fine in 2014. However, the appeal is still pending, according to Reuters.
The federal court in Sao Paolo is convinced that the initial fine was correct. Hence, they have ordered both Neymar and his father to pay it.
This is not the only tax issue Neymar has got himself involved in an ongoing dispute over taxes that are being played out in courts in Brazil and Spain.
Back in 2013, Neymar made a sensational transfer from Brazilian club Santos to Spanish giant Barcelona. The payment of the transfer is still under investigation by Spanish tax authorities.
It has to be noted that a Brazilian court had frozen all assets for Neymar, his family and all related businesses. The assets were valued in the region of 188.8 million Brazilian reals (US $48 million).
Neymar has been accused of evading 63 million reals (US $16 million) in Brazil taxes between 2011 and 2013.
A Spanish court has claimed that Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu and his predecessor Sandro Rosell have also evaded millions in taxes after Neymar’s signature from Santos. Neymar and his father have been called to testify in court on Feb. 2, 2016.
Neymar is currently enjoying a blistering season for Barcelona. The 23-year-old has already found the net 16 times in 17 La Liga appearances this season. The forward also has nine assists to his name, according to Squawka.
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