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Argentina uses boxing match to spot tax dodgers
Argentine government uses Mayweather-Maidana boxing match in Las Vegas to uncover tax dodgers
Associated Press
2014-05-06 06:01 AM

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Argentina's tax agency says it used a boxing match in Las Vegas to identify 17 tax evaders.

The agency released a statement Monday titled "A Knockout for Taxpayers."

It said it is investigating people who claimed to have small incomes while paying up to $7,500 each to travel to Nevada to watch a fight between world welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Argentine boxer Marcos Maidana.

The agency says those 17 people have since been removed from a list of low-income Argentines and must now pay taxes consistent with their large expenses. It says one also has a $150,000 Porsche.

The agency says it will now enforce stricter controls on Argentines attending sporting events abroad, including the soccer World Cup in Brazil that kicks off on June 12.

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