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ITA says rabbi owes NIS 10M

Rabbi Yekutiel Abuchatzeira, Baba Sali's grandson, suspected of defaulting on seven years of back taxes

The Israel Tax Authority has recently discovered that Rabbi Yekutiel Abuchatzeira, Baba Sali's grandson, failed to report millions in earnings, Yedioth Ahronoth reported, Monday.


According to the ITA, the rabbi owes NIS 10 million in back taxes. Authorities uncovered the debt as part of an ongoing investigation into several prominent rabbis and spiritual leader, for alleged tax evasion.


As part of the investigation, ITA officers raided Rabbi Abuchatzeira's home in Ashdod and documents seized in the raid led to the conclusion that he failed to file accurate tax returns between 2003 and 2009.


According to the Tax Authority, the rabbi was questioned by ITA officials but refused to cooperate. His associates denied the report, saying "the rabbi has lent investigators his full cooperation and will continue to do so."


The Tax Authority's investigation was launched in 2010 and is still ongoing.



פרסום ראשון: 04.16.12, 15:10
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