Shakira Tax Fraud Case: Spanish Prosecutors Want Her to Serve 8-years Prison

The global singing diva Shakira is facing a call for an 8-years jail term in Spain over alleged tax fraud. The Spanish Prosecutors have charged her for committing six cases of tax fraud. Additionally, She will also have to pay a fine of more than €23 million, if the charges are proven.

The singing icon was offered a settlement deal by the prosecutors which she rejected on Wednesday, July 27. She has decided to go to court for a trial for which the date is not confirmed yet. On Wednesday, Shakira slammed the agencies for “complete violation of her rights” and “abusive methods” carried out by the prosecutors.

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Prosecutors’s charges on Shakira

Spanish authorities have blamed Shakira for failing to pay personal income tax and estate tax of around €14.5 million. Prosecutors claim that when Shakira was in a relationship with FC Barcelona centre-back Gerard Piqué during 2012-2014, she lived in the house purchased by her in Barcelona. While she was residing in Barcelona, she officially maintained tax records in the Bahamas.

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Gerard Piqué and Shakira (Credit: AP)

The authorities in Spain first started the investigation of her finances in 2018. According to the reports of the Spanish tax agency, she regularly visited salons, hair stylists, medical clinics while she was pregnant, and a recording studio she rented in Barcelona.The records show that she had spent more than 183 days in Spain, which is the legal requirement to become a Spanish tax resident. Thus in July 2021, According to a Spanish judge, the evidence was sufficient to charge her for committing the fraud.

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Defense’s Arguments

In her defence, Shakira’s team of lawyers have said that she officially started in Spain in the year of 2015 only. She did not stay in Spain permanently during 2012-2014 to provisionally follow the Spanish tax laws. Shakira argued that she has already paid €17.2 million in taxes.

The lawyers representing Shakira said that she is “absolutely certain of her innocence” and had decided to let the case go to court, “confident” that her innocence would be proven. She claimed prosecutors were “insisting on claiming money earned during her international tours and the show ‘The Voice’ between 2013 and 2014, on which she was a judge in the United States, when she was “not yet resident in Spain”.

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Shakira (Credit: Getty Images)

Shakira’s representatives said, quote, “Shakira has always cooperated and abided by the law. She demonstrated impeccable conduct as an individual and a taxpayer. She has been faithfully following the counsel of PriceWaterhouseCoopers, a prestigious and globally recognized tax firm.”

“Unfortunately, the Spanish Tax Office, which loses one out of every two lawsuits with its taxpayers, continues to violate her rights and pursue yet another baseless case. Shakira is confident that her innocence will be proven by the end of the judicial process”, they added.

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