Shakira is to appear in court in Spain over tax fraud allegations. According to the Spanish Public Prosecution Service (OM), the singer would have evaded a total of around 14.5 million euros in tax.
The 45-year-old Colombian singer is accused of failing to pay taxes in Spain between 2012 and 2014. Six different prosecutors have convinced a Spanish court to bring the singer to court.
Shakira denies all charges against her and claims she paid everything she owed the Spanish government. Her lawyers say that her official residence was in the Bahamas between 2012 and 2014 and that she should therefore not have to pay any tax to Spain.
In addition, the Colombian singer says she was “sporadically” in Spain during that time, but prosecutors say she lived in Barcelona for more than six months that year.
In Spain, you are obliged to pay tax if you stay in the country for more than 183 days a year. The Spanish tax authorities’ inspectorate monitored Shakira’s activities for more than a year in order to prove that she resided mainly in Spain.
By checking her social media and even visiting her favourite hairdresser in Barcelona, tax inspectors concluded that the Colombian singer should have paid taxes in Spain. For example, the inspectors claim that Shakira spent 242 days in the year 2012, 212 days in the year in 2013 and 243 days in the year 2014 in Spain.
If found guilty, the singer may face eight years and two months in prison. A fine of 24 million euros could also be imposed.
According to Spanish media, the singer has now paid the money that the tax authorities demand: 14.5 million euros in arrears of tax money and 3 million euros in interest. As a result, if Shakira is found guilty, a possible sentence will likely be much lower than the prosecutor’s demand.
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