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Bar Refaeli has asked the Israel Tax Authority to grant her nonresident status for tax purposes.

Her representatives are negotiating with the authority and have said she is considering setting up an overseas company for tax purposes. She will receive an answer within a few weeks.

The ITA declined to comment on Tuesday, saying such information is confidential.

Refaeli has paid tax here over the years as required, but is now looking at ways to save hundreds of thousands of shekels annually by changing her status.

It seems the authority will find a solution in an effort to keep her paying at least some Israeli taxes.

The question of residency status for tax purposes revolves around issues such as how many days a year a person spends in Israel, where he works and if he owns a home here.

In any case, Refaeli does most of her work in countries that have tax treaties with Israel, so she will most likely pay part of her taxes here and part abroad.

"We do not deal with gossip and do not respond to rumors," Refaeli's representatives said.