Shakira has been in legal trouble following allegations of tax evasion in Spain. According to a report from NBC NewsSpanish authorities charged the singer with tax evasion of $7.1 million on Tuesday in Barcelona.
According to the report, Shakira allegedly failed to pay the said amount to the Spanish government in 2018. She allegedly used an offshore company in a tax haven to evade paying the tax amount. Prosecutors in Barcelona informed Shakira of the charges in Miami, where she resides.
Shakira is notably scheduled to go on trial in Barcelona on November 20 in a separate court case in which prosecutors allege she failed to pay $15.4 million in taxes. In that case, prosecutors allege she failed to pay her taxes for the period 2012-2014, during which she spent more than half her time in Spain.
Shakira was spending time in Spain, with her former boyfriend and popular footballer Gerard Pique. The couple, who have two children from their relationship, separated last year after 11 years together. The breakup reportedly happened due to Pique’s infidelity who cheated on Shakira with a woman named Clara Chia Marti.
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According to a report from usmagazine.com, in November 2022, Shakira refuted the claims of Spanish prosecutors and stated that she had not resided in the country between 2012 and 2014.
Under Spanish law, people are only required to pay taxes if they spend 183 days or more there in a year. Shakira denied spending so much time in Spain during the mentioned period. She claimed to have paid $10,141,075 in taxes to the US government during the period 2012-2014.
Recently, Shakira attended the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.