Sigur Rós Members Accused Of Tax Evasion

Members of Icelandic rock band Sigur Rós were charged Thursday with tax evasion.

Jón þór Birgisson, Georg Hólm, Kjartan Sveinsson and Orri Páll Dýrason are accused of avoiding about $1.7 million (all figures CAD) in taxes between 2011 and 2014.

Pending trial, roughly $8.7 million worth of assets belonging to the musicians have been frozen by authorities.

“The members of Sigur Rós are musicians – not experts on bookkeeping and international finance,” lawyer Bjarnfreður Ólafsson said, in a statement. The band blamed their former accountant.

Income tax in Iceland is as high as 46 per cent.