Re: Bara Strycova has changed her residence from Pilsen (CZE) to Dubai
For all those complaining that moving to tax havens is all about money, remember:
Depending on your countries tax always, you still pay tax in your home country when you are there. In the UK stating your residence is Monaco still won't exempt you from paying British tax entirely or even at all depending on your individual circumstances. To avoid tax in the most European countries you must actually have to reside there and prove it.
Players often genuinely reside in two countries. The tour is 10 months and players are barely at home. Many will spend most of the 2 months off in training camps in these countries and it may be more honest to say you spend a single bigger block of time in that country then in your own. How many people here would claim immigrant workers in your country should avoid tax and only pay it to their country of origin. Babs pays tax all around the world. She's paying it twice with the Czech republic.
Florida, Monaco and Dubai may be tax havens, but that has also created a culture of sport and great training facilities and camps and coaches. These places have become world class places and atmospheres to train for a number of sports. Plus the weather. There is a reason why Andy Murray who resides in the UK still goes to Florida for training in the off season. I've noticed a lot of crossfitters reside in the UAE because of it's facilities and Crossfit doesn't have any big money of note to want to avoid tax.
Staying at home isn't any indication of being a superior tax payer. If you have a savings account like an ISA you are avoiding tax. Most tennis players will set-up their name as a company so their company is paid so when you travel, pay for nutrition physio etc it can all be written off as business expense. that is a genuine write off as player pay coaches, medical and travel out of their own pockets. It is still a tax avoidance system. It should be added again that unlike other sports tennis players are paying tax around the world, where they earn it.
Finally, Barbora Strycova has still payed over 4 million in prize money in taxes. She has paid a third of that in income taxes to the Czech republic and usually that again in the country when played in. Then she paid that again in expenses for tennis which are likely to run in the hundreds of thousands for a player of her stature each year. This also isn't a front tax avoidance scheme like say Amazon have or Apple who move residence to pay little to no tax period. Strycova also pays taxes in all the countries she plays in, including the Czech republic as she plays there and she has also double paid by residing in the Czech republic. This isn't a situation where she is avoiding tax like some big companies, she pays it everywhere according to their laws. Same for Petra, the Florida residents etc. For example in the UK she would pay 30%-45% on her winnings and 27% again on the Czech republic. How many of us are willing to pay tax twice on our pay cheques at around 65% rate of tax essentially then pay expenses knowing you have a 15 year career max? If she signs up to some scheme that allows her to avoid paying all tax globally, then some of the criticism might be valid (except she has paid tax off all her earnings so far) but she is paying her dues to the countries she earns money in and certainly has paid enough tax to the Czech republic and when her sports carere is over will return to paying her yearly earnings to the Czech republic.