Members of the Icelandic band Sigur Ros have been accused of tax evasion three years after the local authorities have launched a probe into the avant-garde rock band's economy.
The accusation issued by the public prosecutor on Thursday accuses prominent musicians in the Nordic nation who submit incorrect tax returns from 2011 to 2014, avoiding a total of 151 million Icelandic kroner ($ 1.2 million).
Band members fail their former accountant and say they've worked with the tax authorities after learning about his mismanagement. In a statement Thursday, the band offered to clear its name and said it "regrets that the case ends in court."
While the tax law is awaiting trial, the four apartments and houses belong to a value of 6.5 million. will remain frozen by the authorities. Two-thirds of the assets belong to the front man Jon Thor Birgisson, who currently lives in Los Angeles.
Birgisson is accused of evading about $ 240,000 in tax and another $ 1
According to prosecutors, other band members – Georg Holm, Kjartan Sveinsson and Orri Pall Dyrason – allegedly neglected to report a total of $ 1.6 million in income, of which they should have paid about $ 725,000 in tax.
In Iceland, general income tax for high wage earners is 46 percent.
Holm and Dyrason are also accused of evading about $ 150,000 in investment fees.
"The members of Sigur Ros are musicians – not experts on bookkeeping and international financing", says defense consultant Bjarnfredur Olafsson in a statement.
A court date has not specified.