And so the 45-year-old pop star maintains her innocence. She indicated Wednesday that she would prefer a trial to such a settlement, which essentially means she would plead guilty. But according to her lawyers, it is still possible to reach an agreement until the opening session before a court in Barcelona. The official court reference has not yet been announced.
The Barcelona Public Prosecutor’s Office accuses the singer with hits like “Hips Don’t Lie”, “Waka Waka” and “Anytime, Anywhere” of not declaring her income in the years 2012, 2013 and 2014 to the Spanish tax authorities. According to the indictment, Shakira has lived in Spain since 2011 – the year her relationship with footballer Gerard Pique became public – but kept her tax residency in the Bahamas until 2015.
“I no longer owe any debt to the state treasury.”
However, her lawyers argue that the bulk of Shakira’s income until 2014 came from her international tours, and that she stayed in Spain for no more than six months a year. This is a requirement to make the country your tax home.
And Shakira denounced in a statement distributed Wednesday that the Attorney General’s office “continues to insistently demand the money I earned during my international appearances and during The Voice” in the United States, during a period “I was not yet living in Spain.” . by her lawyer. It adds that it has already paid 17.2 million euros to the tax authorities and therefore “has no outstanding debts to the state treasury for many years”.
Shakira’s name appeared in Pandora’s Papers. In a 2021 investigation by an international group of journalists, hundreds of people were accused of tax evasion by placing income in offshore companies. Her financial problems with the Spanish justice system aren’t the only thing giving Shakira a headache. In June, the singer and football player announced their separation.
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