Dolce & Gabbana accused of tax fraud
Dolce & Gabbana have been accused of a one billion euro tax fraud, reports The Guardian. Last week an Italian prosecutor asked for Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana to be put on trial, following accusations that they had dodged the equivalent of £850 in tax.
They are charged with defrauding the state and, if sent for trial, could face up to five years in jail. It is an embarrassing scandal for a design duo who have built their reputation on luxury and glamour.
In an interview given in 2009, the designers said: ‘It's a paradox! Since when does one have to pay taxes on money one never actually collected. It's an absurd demand based on a completely abstract calculation. This higher taxable sum is a virtual figure we have never received, the result of a theoretical accounting exercise.’