Shakira’s Tax Woes: Shakira has been accused with tax evasion for the second time in Spain. The latest allegations against the Colombian singer are that she neglected to pay 6.7 million euros ($7.1 million) in tax on her 2018 income, authorities said Tuesday.
Shakira’s Tax Woes: Spain Demands $7M+ After Second Charge
Prosecutors in Barcelona accused Shakira of using an offshore company in a tax refuge to avoid paying her fair share of taxes. Shakira, who resides in Miami, has been informed of the accusations, according to a statement released by the authorities.
Shakira is scheduled to be tried in a distinct case in Barcelona on November 20. Prosecutors alleged she neglected to pay 14.5 million euros in taxes in this instance. Prosecutors in Barcelona allege that the Grammy winner spent more than half of 2012-2014 in Spain, despite the fact that her official residence was the Bahamas. Consequently, they asserted that she was tax-liable in the country.
In July of last year, a second case of tax evasion was initiated against Shakira. After investigating the case and evaluating the gathered evidence over the past two months, prosecutors have decided to file charges. However, no trial date has been scheduled for the most recent case.
Shakira “has always acted in accordance with the law and on the advice of her financial advisers,” Llorente y Cuenca, the public relations firm that previously handled her affairs, stated in July.
Last July, it was stated that the artist had “always complied with the law and followed the advice of her financial advisors.”
Shakira’s ties to Spain have increased since she began dating former soccer player Gerard Pique. The couple resided in Barcelona until they ended their 11-year relationship last year. They have two offspring in common.
Shakira is not the only celebrity to have angered Spain’s tax authorities. In recent decades, soccer superstars such as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have been penalized for not paying their entire tax obligations.