A report published today in the 'Jyllands-Posten' Danish newspaper is suggesting violinist Nikolaj Znaider has found himself embroiled in a potentially serious dispute with the Danish Tax Department – accused of 'gross negligence'.
It is understood the Danish Taxation Administration has made claims the Danish-born Israel/US-based violinist over-stayed a threshold number of days in Denmark during the 2006 to 2007 period, as detected via his credit card statement usage, which in turn has triggered taxation liability for the 2006 to 2010 period.
The 38 year old is believed to be contesting the demands - and has released the following statement, in Danish:
“All of my life, apart from my relationship with my parents, during this period was outside of Denmark. My violin teacher was in Vienna, my two piano collaborators were in Amsterdam and Berlin, my PR agents were in London and New York, my two conducting mentors were in London and Berlin and I was performing between 80 to 100 concerts annually – of which only 2 or 3 were in Denmark. In addition, my legal representation sort prior approval that I would not be liable for full taxation in Denmark,” it has read.
Serious cases of tax evasion under Danish Constitution can result in large fines and under extreme circumstances, imprisonment.