Shakira accused for the second time of tax evasion: Spain owes 6,7 million euros
Colombian singer Shakira (46) faces a new trial, due to the accusation that he owes the Spanish tax authorities almost 6,7 million euros. The Spanish State Prosecutor's Office filed a criminal complaint against the singer before the court in Barcelona, reports The Associated Press.
The pop star is accused of not paying 6,7 million euros in tax on her income in 2018. It is alleged that Shakira used an "offshore" company based where she has tax benefits to avoid paying the tax. An official statement said she was notified of the charges in Miami, where she currently lives.
Shakira is already due to stand trial in Barcelona on November 20 in a separate case of tax evasion totaling around 14,5 million euros between 2012 and 2014.
Prosecutors in Barcelona claim that the singer spent more than half of the 2012-2014 period in Spain and therefore should have paid tax in the country, even though her official residence was in the Bahamas.
Spanish tax officials opened the latest case against Shakira in July. After reviewing the evidence gathered over the past two months, prosecutors have decided to file new charges. But a trial date has not been set.
The singer has repeatedly stated that she is innocent in the first case and confirmed that she was obliged to pay taxes in the Bahamas in 2012, 2013 and 2014, and not in Spain. But she says she has paid all the taxes plus interest in the meantime.
Shakira was linked to Spain after starting a love affair with her ex soccer player Gerard Pique. The couple, who have two sons, lived together in Barcelona until last year, when they ended their 11-year relationship.