Shakira Could Face Trial In Spain Over Tax Evasion, Judge Rules
Latin music superstar Shakira could be headed to a courtroom for allegedly not paying her share of taxes in Spain after a judge ruled there is sufficient evidence to move the case to trial.
Shakira is accused of failing to pay about $16.4 million in taxes to the state between 2012 and 2014, a period when Juberías said she spent most of her time in Spain, though her official residence was listed as the Bahamas.
Juberías also alleged the singer and a financial advisor used multiple companies based in tax haven countries in a move to conceal Shakira’s revenue streams.
Shakira could face a fine and even jail time if convicted.
The singer’s publicist did not immediately return a request for comment from Forbes.
Shakira was first charged with tax evasion by Spanish authorities in 2018, and the singer maintains she is innocent and paid what she owed when she was alerted of the outstanding balance. The Colombian-born singer spends much of her time in Spain with partner Gerard Piqué, a Spanish professional soccer player at F.C. Barcelona, and their two children. According to Spanish law, anyone living in the country for more than six months in a year must pay taxes.
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