After having been charged then acquitted of tax evasion–then charged again–Dolce & Gabbana’s legal troubles are far from over, according to WWD. Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana will soon stand trial for their alleged tax blunders–and this time the charges are criminal.
This is only the latest development in a roller coaster two years of legal woes for the design duo. In 2010 the designers were accused of setting up a holdings company in Luxembourg to avoid declaring over 840 million euros ($1.1 billion) in sales to the Italian government. The government promptly indicted the duo for tax evasion–only to have a lower court drop the charges a couple of months later due to lack of evidence.Then in November 2011, Italy’s Supreme Court re-opened the case against the designers.
And in a new twist, the court recently ruled that tax avoidance, or tax mitigation, on an earnings declaration, is a criminal offense under the law. This is a landmark decision, since tax avoidance was previously not considered a crime–and it means that Domenico and Stefano’s trial, which is set to take place December 3, will be a criminal one.
While it’s unclear what the repercussions will be if Dolce and Gabbana are charged, at least one half of the design team doesn’t seem to be too worried. Stefano yesterday tweeted this picture of a beautiful sandy beach saying, “❤❤❤☀.” Soak up that sun while you can Stefano!