The Spanish tax authorities (AEAT) have reopened an investigation into Real Madrid defender Marcelo over a possible fraud of 400,000 euros dating from 2013 in relation to his image rights.
According to Spanish daily El Mundo, in a report gleaned from news wire EFE and confirmed by AEAT, the investigation into Marcelo’s tax situation has been dusted off after the player declared the income in his 2015 tax return as corporation tax while the authorities state that it should have been paid as personal income tax.
Tax authorities to look into Marcelo's declaration
AEAT has taken the step of opening an investigation into the matter as the amount involved exceeds 120,000 euros, the minimum for a case of alleged tax fraud to be considered.
The case has now been passed to the offices of the Spanish financial crimes investigators, who will be charged with deciding whether there was any intention on Marcelo’s part to defraud the tax authorities.