Ney­mar of­fers to pay fine of RM10.7m to tax au­thor­i­ties

New Straits Times - - Sport -

SAO PAULO: Brazil­ian star Ney­mar is will­ing to pay a fine of US$2.5 mil­lion (RM10.7 mil­lion) to set­tle tax eva­sion al­le­ga­tions in his country, his lawyer said Fri­day.

The 25-year-old wants to leave the fight with Brazil­ian au­thor­i­ties be­hind him as he pre­pares for a new pro­fes­sional life with Paris Saint-Ger­main af­ter his record US$261 mil­lion trans­fer buy­out from FC Barcelona, Ney­mar’s lawyer Mar­cos Neder told a press con­fer­ence.

“This process has stretched on for more than three years and our goal is to move ahead with the new phase that Ney­mar has be­gun,” Neder said.

In Septem­ber 2015, Brazil­ian tax au­thor­i­ties seized what was then the equiv­a­lent of US$55.7 mil­lion in Ney­mar’s as­sets to cover what they said were un­paid taxes from 2011 to 2013, plus penal­ties and in­ter­est.

The case has been snaking its way through the courts ever since. Ney­mar has scored some vic­to­ries such as hav­ing the amount of seized as­sets re­duced.

How­ever it is now up to tax au­thor­i­ties to de­cide whether they ac­cept the amount that Ney­mar’s de­fense team has cal­cu­lated that he owes.

Ney­mar also faces cor­rup­tion charges in Spain stem­ming from his trans­fer to Barcelona from the Brazil­ian team San­tos in 2013. AFP

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