Commissioner De Gucht accused tax fraud

Photo: Pho­to: Internet De Gucht and his wife have been receiv­ing atten­tion from the tax­man for sev­er­al years now.

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Bel­gi­um's Tax Inspec­tion Serv­ice has accused Euro­pe­an Com­mis­sion­er Kar­el De Gucht of tax fraud. The serv­ice says that De Gucht and his wife fail­ed to declare the prof­it that they made on the sale of shares of the Vis­ta group on which tax was due. The prof­its are said to total €1.2m in an oper­a­tion dat­ing from 2005. De Gucht's law­yer main­tains that the prof­it was made in 2001 and that at this time no tax was due. De Gucht and his wife have been receiv­ing atten­tion from the tax­man for sev­er­al years now. The tax serv­ice was eager to dis­cov­er the source of cer­tain sums includ­ing the mon­ey used to pay for De Gucht's hol­i­day home in Ita­ly. The Euro­pe­an Com­mis­sion says that it con­sid­ers the dis­pute a pri­vate mat­ter.

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