Download New EP: Sigur Rós – 22° Lunar Halo
Sigur Rós comes through with a brand new smashing hot and dope studio album, packed qith 2 amazing solid tracks entitled “22° Lunar Halo“. Members of the Icelandic band Sigur Rós have been charged with tax evasion, three years after local authorities launched a probe into the avant-garde rock band’s finances.
The indictment, issued by the district prosecutor on Thursday, accuses the musicians of submitting incorrect tax returns from 2011 to 2014, evading a total of 151m Icelandic krona (£945,000).
Band members fault their former accountant and say they have cooperated with tax authorities after learning about his mishandling. In a statement on Thursday, the band vowed to clear its name and said it “regrets seeing the case end up in court”.
While the tax case is pending trial, assets belonging to the four – apartments and houses worth $6.5m (£4.9m) – will remain frozen by the authorities. Two-thirds of the assets belong to frontman Jón þór Birgisson, who currently lives in Los Angeles.
Birgisson is charged with evading about $240,000 in income taxes and a further $105,000 in taxes on his investment income.
According to the prosecutor, other band members – Georg Hólm, Kjartan Sveinsson and Orri Páll Dýrason – allegedly neglected reporting a total of $1.6m in income, of which they should have paid about $725,000 in taxes.
In Iceland, general income tax for high earners is 46%.
Hólm and Dýrason are also accused of evading about $150,000 in taxes on investments.
“The members of Sigur Rós are musicians – not experts on bookkeeping and international finance,” defence lawyer Bjarnfreður Ólafsson said in a statement.
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