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Bar Refaeli Claims Tax Shelter for Being Shacked Up With Leonardo DiCaprio

Supermodel Bar Refaeli told Israeli tax authorities that she should be exempt from paying her 2009-10 taxes because she was living with then-boyfriend Leonardo DiCaprio in his mansion in the United States.

Refaeli, 30, is suspected of failing to report gifts and discounts on luxury goods, including cars and an apartment, that are subject to income tax.

Tax authorities in the United States registered Refaeli as a “non-resident” there during the time in question, according to reports.

In 2010, Refaeli asked the Israel Tax Authority to exempt her from paying taxes because she had worked mostly abroad. She earned about $2 million in 2008 and 2009 and paid about 46 percent in taxes in Israel.

In September, Refaeli married businessman Adi Ezra, whose family owns the Israeli food importing company Neto ME Holdings. The wedding was preceded by a conflict over whether it was permissible to impose a no-fly zone over it. Refaeli announced her pregnancy on Instagram last month.

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