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Noah, Forget defend tax haven

20 June 2012   (0 Comments)
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Paris - Former French Open winner Yannick Noah and fellow Davis Cup winner Guy Forget appeared on Tuesday before the French Senate as part of a probe into tax evasion and defended their turn to tax havens.

"In tennis, one has a short career,” said Forget, who has helped France win the Davis Cup in 1991 and 1996.

"A decade in which players try to optimise their income,” the 47-year-old said. "We therefore tried to find places which were more favourable: Florida, Monaco, Switzerland to maximise our earnings and avoid double taxation.”

The 52-year-old Noah, the last French player to win Roland Garros in 1983, went before the French constitutional court last September to protest at a ruling ordering him to pay one million euros in backtaxes.

Noah, now a popular singer in France, said he was now based in France after briefly living in Switzerland as a tax exile.

"Today I earn my money from the French public and pay my taxes in France,” he said.


Section 240A of the Tax Administration Act, 2011 (as amended) requires that all tax practitioners register with a recognized controlling body before 1 July 2013. It is a criminal offense to not register with both a recognized controlling body and SARS.


The Act requires that a minimum academic and practical requirments be set to register with a controlling body. Click here for the minimum requirements of SAIT.

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