A couple of tax evasion cases involving famous folk have popped up today.
First the case with the U.S. connection. The father of actress Michelle Williams has agreed to return to the United States to face tax evasion charges.
Larry Williams, a prominent stock market trader, had been fighting extradition from Australia since he was arrested by police there in 2006 when he flew to Sydney for a speaking tour in Australia and New Zealand.
The IRS wants to question the 65-year-old
Virgin Islands resident, who has been free on bail, about a possible
Michelle Williams received an Oscar nomination as best supporting actress for her performance in the 2005 film Brokeback Mountain. She played the wife of the character portrayed by the late Heath Ledger, who is the father of her 3-year-old daughter.
The actress' dad obviously thinks he can beat the IRS. "I will fight his and win," he told the press. "I will be back. I have a lot of friends here in Australia."
Now to Italy, where Fernando Botero, the Colombian painter and sculptor famous his depictions of plump people, is under investigation by tax authorities who believe he didn't declare almost
Tax officials in Viareggio contend that Botero must pay Italian taxes because his artworks
are produced entirely by companies and foundries in the country, which then distribute them to galleries worldwide. Between 2003 and 2008, allege authorities, Botero should
have declared earnings of
The artists also has a studio in Pietrasanta, a Tuscan town where he spends part of the year. It's also the source of a tax inquiry.
As with Williams, it's no surprise that the alleged tax evader believes he is innocent. Botero, who lives in the tax haven country of Monaco, told the Italian press that his Italian tax position will soon be cleared up.