“We are musicians, we hired the people who we thought were the best in the world. And he failed us.”
— Georg Holm, bassist for the legendary Icelandic post-rock band Sigur Rós, said about the band’s accountant Gunnar Ásgeirsson, who worked at PwC.
I’ve got a few Sigur Rós albums on CDs that I burned from friends, but I can’t say I’m their biggest fan, much like the band’s members aren’t the biggest fans of P. Dubs and paying taxes, according to The Guardian:
Sigur Rós have claimed they face financial ruin or even jail following an “unjust and draconian” second prosecution for tax evasion.
The band members have admitted they evaded 151m Icelandic krona (£840,000) in taxes between 2011 and 2014. They have pleaded guilty, apologised and paid back the money, plus fines and interest. The band claim they were unaware of the tax evasion and blame their accountant.
However, they face a second trial at a separate Icelandic court. The band, which now includes just two of the original members, claim that the second trial is a breach of European convention on human rights rules on double jeopardy. They say the second court is likely to impose an additional fine of at least 200% of the tax evaded. Some of the band’s former members say they would not have the funds to pay and would find themselves jailed.
Seems like everything is not All Alright for Sigur Rós, amirite?