Spain’s disgraced former king Juan Carlos I, who left Spain last August for the United Arab Emirates following on-going financial scandals, has settled another backdated tax bill worth over 4 million euros, Spanish media reported on Friday.
It was the second tax payment by the former monarch in recent months. In December he made a voluntary payment of €678,393 to the Spanish tax office, to avoid further action related to some of his financial affairs. The December payment was made in order to settle alleged illegal credit card transactions with the tax authorities, and in order to avoid being charged in an investigation and be able to return to Spain.
The new tax settlement of 4 million euros is based on 8 million euros worth of goods and services that he received, including the use of private jets, between the years 2009 and 2018, according to the reports.
A stream of revelations about the former king’s love life, his affair with Corinna zu Sayn-Wittgenstein and lavish lifestyle, combined with the 2018 conviction of his son-in-law for tax fraud and embezzlement, have severely damaged the Spanish Monarchy.
Since ascending to the throne in 2014, Felipe VI has since taken steps to improve the royal family’s image, such as imposing a ‘code of conduct’ on royals. Last year he also stripped his father of his annual allowance of nearly 200,000 euros, following further details of allegedly shady financial dealings.
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