Sigur Rós deny any wrongdoing following accusations of tax evasion, mbl.is reports. The Reykjavík Capital Area District Commissioner froze assets valuing almost ISK 800 million (USD 8 million/EUR 6.5 million) belonging to the three band members due to an investigation into their taxes in Iceland. Fréttablaðið reported on the occurrence on Friday.
The bulk of the assets, totalling ISK 638m (USD 6.4m/EUR 5.2m), belonged to the band’s lead singer Jónsi (Jón Þór Birgisson) and included 13 houses, two motorcycles, two cars, six bank accounts, and shares in three companies. Real estate owned by the other two band members was also seized. The issue was reported on by foreign media, including music publications Billboard and Pitchfork.
The band members objected to the order, citing an error by their ex-accountant. Bassist Georg Holm told mbl.is the band had repaid the amount owed and associated interest. “All our cards are on the table and there was no intention to break the law,” he stated.