It’s not good news.
Things are not looking good for Shakira after a judge has recommended that she should “face trial” after alleged tax evasion.
The Colombian pop star allegedly evaded €14.5 million in tax in Spain, and it’s looking like she might have to go to trial over it.
After a three year investigation, Judge Marco Juberías found “sufficient evidence”, and is enough for the trial to go ahead.
If Shakira is guilty, she may have to fork out for a huge fine or even worse, jail time.
The singer denied that she had not been paying her taxes from 2012 to 2014 back in 2019 while she was living in her home in Barcelona.
Shakira is claiming that during this time, she was a fiscal resident in the Bahamas and because of this, there was no legal obligation to pay these Spanish taxes, as she was only there sporadically.
Despite her claims, the prosecution has said that she spent at least half of her time in Barcelona during this time as she had begun dating FC Barcelona player Gerard Piqué.
They added that the couple only ever left Spain for career reasons, meaning Shakira would have been considered a resident of Spain during this time having spent more than the stipulated six months plus one day there.
Shakira spoke before a court back in 2019, saying that she wanted to “help clarify the facts over her tax situation in Spain.”
A statement on the singer’s behalf said: “As soon as she learned how much she owed the Spanish tax authorities – and before a complaint was filed – Shakira paid the full amount, as well as providing the tax office with exhaustive information.
“For this reason, there is currently no debt whatsoever.”
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