Recently, the public prosecutor accused Shakira of a tax debt of approximately 6.7 million euros. The investigation was launched in July following a report from the tax office regarding two possible crimes regarding income and wealth tax in 2018. An investigating court will now have to decide whether the musician, who rose to fame with hit songs like “Waka Waka” and “Hips Don’t Lie”, should also be in the dock in this tax case.
Shakira has been in trouble with the tax authorities and judiciary in Spain for a long time. The singer goes on trial in Barcelona starting today, Monday, on charges of tax evasion of approximately 14.5 million euros between 2012 and 2014. The public prosecutor’s office is demanding a prison sentence of eight years and two months and a fine of 23.5 million euros.
The artist has repeatedly protested his innocence. She claims she was a tax resident of the Bahamas in 2012, 2013 and 2014. Moreover, he has now paid all the taxes and interest. In July last year, she rejected an out-of-court settlement with tax authorities in Spain – her adopted home until she split from ex-football professional Gerard Piqué. Shakira has now moved to Miami with her sons Milan (10) and Sasha (8).
Shakira is quiet about the lawsuit. The artist, who has won countless music awards, protests her innocence. That is why he has so far rejected an amicable settlement with the public prosecutor’s office. Apparently the superstar wants to wait and see how the process progresses. Your lawyers still have time until the verdict, perhaps striking a last-minute deal with prosecutors to avert a possible conviction.
The queen of Latin pop has no shortage of money. You could also easily pay a potential tax penalty of millions. Since her split from Barca star Gerard Piqué, who left her and their two children for another woman, Shakira has enjoyed record earnings. Above all, because she managed to transform the disappointment of her true love into musical worldwide success.