Sophia Loren, who once served time in an Italian jail for tax evasion, has been handed a victory by Italy's top court in a nearly 40-year battle over back taxes.
The Rome-based Court of Cassation has ruled that the 79-year-old actress and beauty icon was right when calculating tax owed on her 1974 income.
Loren's tax experts, applying one of Italy's not-infrequent tax amnesties, calculated that she owed tax on 60% of her income that year, but tax officials insisted she should have paid tax on 70% of her taxable income.
Now the court decided that Loren was right.
In separate tax dispute, Loren voluntarily returned to Italy in 1982 to be jailed, serving 17 days of a 30-day sentence for tax evasion. She said then her late tax preparer had erred.