Spain Charges Pop Artist Shakira With Tax Evasion For A Second Time And Demands More Than $7 Million

September 26, 2023
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According to authorities, The “Queen of Latin Music” Shakira has been accused by Spanish prosecutors of failing to pay $7.1 million in tax on her 2018 earnings, in the country’s latest fiscal claims against the Colombian singer. Shakira has been praised for her musical versatility. And for the Spanish authority, she has been praised for not paying her taxes.

According to authorities in Barcelona, Shakira is accused of using an offshore business headquartered in a tax haven to avoid paying taxes. According to the statement, she was informed of the allegations in Miami, where she resides.

Shakira is already scheduled to stand trial in Barcelona on November 20 in a different lawsuit based on where she lived between 2012 and 2014. Prosecutors claim she neglected to pay $15.4 million in taxes in that instance.

Spain Charges Pop Artist Shakira With Tax Evasion For A Second Time And Demands More Than $7 Million - Estrakt

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Even though the Grammy winner’s official residence was in the Bahamas, Prosecutors in Barcelona have alleged that she spent more than half of the 2012-14 period in Spain and therefore should have paid taxes in the country.

Last July, Spanish tax authorities started the newest lawsuit against Shakira. After analyzing the evidence acquired over the previous two months, prosecutors have decided to file charges. A trial date has not yet been established. The public relations firm that previously handled Shakira’s affairs, Llorente y Cuenca, made no immediate comment.

Last July, it said the artist had “always acted in concordance with the law and on the advice of her financial advisers.”

Shakira, whose full name is Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll (that is pretty full tbh), has been linked to Spain since she started dating Gerard Pique, a now-retired soccer player. The couple, who have two children, lived in Barcelona together until last year when they ended their 11-year relationship.

Over the last decade or two, Spanish tax officials have clamped down on football stars like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for failing to pay their full tax obligations. These athletes were found guilty of tax evasion but were spared prison time due to a clause that permits a judge to waive penalties of less than two years for first-time offenders.

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