Maximilian Todtenhaupt, professor of economics at Leibniz University in Hannover and NHH in Bergen, has read Dogbladet’s investigations into the finances of Erling Brod Holland and several other big stars in the Premier League.
He criticizes Holland for setting up a company in low-tax Luxembourg.
– Tax is an important factor for well-earning players, especially when they move between countries, Tattenhaupt tells Talkblade.
Dagbladet has revealed that several big stars – including Haaland – have companies in tax havens. However, there is no documentation that these cases are penal – which is not usually the case with company formation in Luxembourg.
– I have no reason to believe that Hollande has done anything reprehensible. But he says Hollande and his advisers should have made sure they could not be linked to potential tax evasion.
– At least if they are interested in avoiding any controversy. An example of such a merger is the involvement of a company in a tax haven.
– Move money
– What do you think Holland should do?
– In purely legal terms, they don’t need to do anything until they are sure that all the services offered to them are legitimate. But the risk associated with tax evasion is high and if they are determined to avoid this, the only option is to invest the money elsewhere.
Dagbladet submitted all statements in the case for Alfie Haaland and Egil Østenstad – Erling Braut Haaland’s father and financial advisor respectively. They didn’t respond, but Alfie Holland left a WhatsApp thread where questions were asked.
Dagbladet has asked the Norwegian Football Association if national team manager Ståle Solbakken has comments on the use of tax havens – no answer yet
– Use Norwegian consultants
At the BI in Oslo, Holland also receives criticism.
Peter Gottschalk, BI School of Economics professor and financial crime researcher, believes Hollande should use Norwegian banks to manage his money.
– If he is not really interested in enriching himself at the expense of society by avoiding taxation on high income, instead of using foreign consultants, he should entrust the task to competent people in wealth management, for example, Nordea or DNB. , Gottschalk tells Dogbladet.
Holland is very welcome there.
– Holland is of course free to choose the bank he wants. But if he wants to switch banks, Nordea has solid tools, Nordic muscle and skilled advisers in private banking who can help in most areas, says Henrik Orneberg, communications consultant at Nordea.
Petter Gottschalk believes that the part of the financial and tax world that Dagbladet now covers is mostly about one thing:
– Greed and trust are two important words in this context. It’s all about avoiding taxes on the fastest-growing wealth, says Gottschalk.
DNB declined to comment on Gottschalk’s plans.
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