September 2, 2014
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.