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  3/17/2014, Adar Bet 15, 5774

Israeli Living Abroad Pulled Off Plane for TV Radio Tax


An Israeli who has been living in the United States for more than 14 years was pulled off a plane bound for the U.S. and forced to pay a 14,000-shekel ($4,033) tax bill in cash to the Israel Broadcasting Authority (IBA), according to a Monday report by Channel 10 Television. As is the case in many countries where broadcasting is primarily state-run, Israel charges television and radio owners an annual license fee.

The man's attorney said the bill was for the years his client was in the States, but he had to recruit friends to pay the bill so he could go on his way. The IBA said it is making a thorough check of the claims.