I kind of wondered if Kim agreed w/her father.
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Clijsters may leave Belgium
SCOTTSDALE - Second seed Kim Clijsters ripped into the final of the 585,000-dollar State Far Classic Saturday as the complex state of her Belgian tax affairs failed to inhibit her tennis.
Clijsters upended American Meghann Shaughnessy 6-3, 7-5 at the Scottsdale Princess resort and will await a Sunday opponent from American Alexandra Stevenson and her some-times double partner, Japan's Ai Sugiyama.
Clijsters, girlfriend of world number 1 Lleyton Hewitt, who will headline here next week as men come in for the Franklin Templeton Classic, said that Belgium's 62% tax rate again has her considering taking up residence elsewhere.
"They're still trying to bother me for more taxes," said the player, whose financial affairs are looked after by her father Leo, a former Belgian football star. "It's really hard to live with all the taxes."
Clijsters had in recent months been reported as considering the option of moving to Australia, where multi-millionaire Hewitt is based. But even that country's marginal rate of around 50% for big earners would not be a great improvement. Clijsters has spent the past few Christmas seasons at the Hewitt family home in Adelaide, preparing for January's Australian summer tournaments.
Clijsters, like Hewitt, is building a new home for herself, in Flanders. Hewitt is ready to build on a block of waterfront land in his hometown in South Australia.
The Belgian teenager said she is still weighing her financial options - and denies that moving Down Under is anything more than just one possibility. Clijsters has won almost 325,000 dollars in prize money already this year, with just two months of play completed. Her total earnings are more than 3.5 million dollars from playing alone - without endorsements. She admitted: she'd save a packet even by transferring her fiscal home to Australia.
"I just thought about moving my residency to Australia or Monaco. People think I'll move to Australia. It would save me a lot of money, I'm paying 62% in Belgium." But Clijsters added that after spending two months in Australia in December and January "I was really happy to go home."
She said that a decision may not be imminent: "I'm thinking about it, I don't want to make that decision in a few days. We travel so much already and I don't know if I want to go to another place where I don't know people."