Published: Mon, December 17, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Spain's prosecutor accuses singer Shakira of tax fraud

Spain's prosecutor accuses singer Shakira of tax fraud

The charges published Friday allege Shakira listed the Bahamas as her official residence for tax purposes during those years but was in fact living in Spain with her partner, Spanish soccer player Gerard Pique.

Prosecutors charged the singer, whose full name is Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll, of fraudulently avoiding income and property tax payments from 2012 through 2014, El Periodico de Catalunya reported.

She officially changed her residence to Barcelona in 2015, but authorities claim that she spent enough time in the Catalan capital in the years prior, only travelling overseas for short periods, that she should be taxed on her worldwide earnings.

The Colombian singer said she has "complied at all times with her tax obligations" and points to her goodwill for having paid everything the treasury believes had not been taxed before solving what she said she believes is a difference of criteria.

Prosecutors in Barcelona said Shakira's travel overseas was for short periods because of professional commitments, while most of the year she stayed in Spain. While she listed herself as an official resident of the Bahamas for tax purposes during those years, prosecutors allege that this was not the case.

Shakira: Colombian pop star accused of tax evasion in Spain

Prosecutors want Shakira to pay a bond of 19.4m euros (NZ$32m) - the amount they say she owes in tax, plus 33 per cent, in accordance with Spanish law.

Sources close to Shakira have previously denied that she evaded tax.

The Prosecutor's office of Barcelona has filed a lawsuit against the Colombian Pop singer Shakira for tax fraud.

In recent years, Spain has seen several high-profile court cases involving football stars accused of tax-dodging.

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