Dolce and Gabbana’s $440.2 Million (or 343.4 million Euro) Italian Tax Bill

Unless you sold your design firm for millions and messed up the corporate tax-paying part of the transaction, your tax time news can not be as bad as that of  D & G who owe 343.4 million euros in  fines to Italy’s version of the IRS.

Via New York Magazine, The Cut:

“A timely reminder to be honest with the IRS: Italy’s Tax Commission has fined Dolce & Gabbana - Runway - MFW F/W 2013Dolce & Gabbana 343.4 million euros, or about $440.2 million, for dodging Italy’s corporate taxes, WWD reports. This sentence may put an end to a tangled legal case that has dragged on since May 2009, when the designers were accused of shady dealings related to the 2004 “sale” of their label to a Luxembourg-based holding company called Gado. Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, who have steadfastly insisted upon their innocence, were absolved of any wrongdoing by a lower court in April 2011, but the decision was overturned by a higher court in November 2011 and reopened as a criminal case.

Dolce and Gabbana will probably appeal the fine, as they did when it was previously sentenced back in 2011. What’s extra-confusing about this lawsuit is that it’s being tried concurrently in Milan; the Tax Commission’s fine is somehow separate from the court case, even though they’re both related to the same charges. What a mess. It’s probably safe to assume that the label will not be holding another swoon-inducing couture weekend in Sicily this summer — but then again, denial can be a very powerful thing.”–The Cut, NY Mag

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