Spain Files Tax Evasion Charges Against Shakira — And Threatens to Seize $21.9 Million In Assets

Pop sensation Shakira has been charged with tax evasion by Spanish prosecutors after her look within the notorious Paradise Papers.

Prosecutors say the singer did not pay greater than 14.5 million euros ($16.four million) between 2012 and 2014.

The expenses, ficially printed this week, allege that Shakira listed the Bahamas as her ficial residence for tax functions, regardless of residing in Spain.

Spanish prosecutors additionally say that Shakira’s journey overseas was for brief intervals, and the pop star spent most the yr in Spain.  They’re asking her to pay taxes on her worldwide revenue.

Shakira is initially from Colombia, however moved to Spain for tax functions in 2015.  She has two youngsters together with her associate, Spanish soccer participant Gerard Pique.

Prosecutors are in search of a bond cost 19.four million euros ($21.9 million).

That’s the quantity she owes in tax plus 33%, in line with Spanish legislation.  If the singer doesn’t pay, prosecutors will advocate a court docket freeze on all her belongings.

Shakira says she was away from Spain for many the time within the years cited.  She says since her revenue got here from overseas and he or she had not tried to willfully disguise her revenue, there’s a critical “distinction in standards.”

Shakira’s representatives spoke to Billboard briefly concerning the case.

Shakira’s reps say her scenario is exclusive on condition that she was a international citizen Spain who generated virtually 96% her revenue from overseas.  The high-prile Paradise Papers that leaked fshore tax preparations included a point out Shakira, Madonna, and U2’s Bono.

Spanish tax authorities started their probe into Shakira’s funds greater than a yr in the past.