Shakira broke the silence and spoke for the first time about the Spanish tax authorities. The Colombian singer claims that the accusations made by the Spanish authorities for tax evasion are “false”.
The singer was accused of tax fraud in a total amount of 14.5 million euros for alleged tax evasion between 2012 and 2014. The lawsuit in question states that the singer resided in the country between 2012 and 2014, but that she evaded taxes. Since the artist refused the agreement with the Spanish Public Ministry, she will have to go to trial and may have to serve a prison sentence of 8 years.
The judge in charge of the case maintains that, in those years, Shakira was a tax resident in Spain and that, for that reason, she had to pay her taxes in the country, something that did not happen. The singer defends that in that period of time she did not live in the country and that she had established residence in the Bahamas, visiting Spain on a number of occasions, so she feels that “has to fight what he believes to be false accusations”. “I owe them zero”the singer told the magazine she.
While the judge claims to have “sufficient evidence” for the singer to be tried, Shakira alleges that she is being persecuted by the authorities who have “eyes on the prize”. “While I and Gerard we were dating, I was on a world tour. I spent over 240 days outside of Spain, so there was no way I could qualify as a resident. The Spanish tax authorities saw that I was dating a Spanish citizen and they started to salivate. Clearly, they wanted to go after that money, no matter what.”says the artist.
Shakira says she is optimistic about the outcome of the trial and guarantees that she had already paid everything she owed to the Spanish tax authorities before the judicial process was filed. The 45-year-old artist added that she acted transparently and correctly in relation to the process.
It is recalled that, in addition to these accusations and tax battle, the singer recently ended her relationship with footballer Gerard Piqué, after a 12-year relationship, from which two children were born, Milannine years old, and Sasha, of seven. Furthermore, the Colombian artist is in the midst of a custody battle for her children.