Sophia Loren wins tax case after 40 years
It was 1974, the year Sophia Loren starred alongside Richard Burton in Vittorio de Sica's final film, The Voyage (Il Viaggio). It was also the year that marked the start of an almost four-decade battle with the Italian tax authorities – a battle that has finally ended.
In a verdict she described as "a miracle", Loren, 79 and living in Geneva, was declared by Italy's supreme court to have been in the right over calculation of tax paid on her 1974 earnings. Her accountants said she should pay 60% while the authorities said 70% was due.
"I am happy. A saga that has been going on for almost 40 years has finally ended," Loren, who remains one of Italy's most legendary and beloved actors, was quoted as telling La Stampa on Wednesday after the court of cassation's ruling. She added: "I always look to the future. I leave behind me horrible experiences like this."
Italy's notoriously slow-moving justice system leaves room for repeated appeals by both the prosecution and defence, but the court of cassation, the country's top appeals court, is where the buck stops. With its definitive ruling on the Loren case, the court's judges were "closing a Kafkaesque affair", said her lawyer, Giovanni Desideri. In an official statement, Loren said: "This is an old saga of more than 30 years in which, finally, I was in the right."