Shakira responds to accusations of tax evasion in Spain, for which she faces a lawsuit for 8 years in prison and a fine of 24 million dollars.

Shakira granted a new interview for the magazine she in which she responded about the charges she faces against her for tax evasion in Spain, which threaten her with up to 8 years in prison.

In 2018, the Spanish government accused Shakira for tax evasion due to allegedly not paying 15 million dollars between the 2012 and 2014. However, the singer explained that during that period she did not live in the country and now intends to fight the case for a “question of principles”.

Shakira He pointed out that the Spanish government requires him to pay taxes for exceeding 183 days of stay in the country. However, she claims that she never spent as many days in the territory as she was “Busy fulfilling my professional commitments around the world.”

“I have paid everything they said I owed, even before they filed a lawsuit. So, as of today, I don’t owe them anything. And finally, I was advised by one of the four largest specialist tax firms in the world, PricewaterhouseCoopers, so I was sure I was doing things correctly and transparently from day one.”


Though Shakira states that he never spent that period in Spain, according to court documents obtained by Reuters, the singer did reside in Barcelona in 2012 and bought a property.

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Shakira He stated that he regrets how the Spanish tax authorities sue celebrities and “regular taxpayers” without sufficient evidence to support such accusations. He also explained that the pressure in the media causes celebrities to surrender and reach an economic agreement.

“However, even without evidence to support these fictitious claims, as they often do, they have resorted to a lewd press campaign to try to sway people and put pressure on the media along with the threat of reputational damage, in order to to force an agreement.”


The singer maintained that she is not the first celebrity that the Spanish government decides to sue, since soccer players Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar, They have also been charged with tax evasion.

“It is well known that the Spanish tax authorities often do this not only with celebrities like me (or [Cristiano] Ronaldo, Neymar, [Xabi] Alonso and many more), but also unfairly happens to the regular taxpayer. It’s just his style. But I am confident that I have enough evidence to support my case and that justice will prevail in my favor.”


Meanwhile, the singer faces a demand for 8 years in prison and a fine of 24 million dollars if she is found guilty.


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Source: Fueradefoco

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