Music icon faces tax fraud charges
PROSECUTORS in Barcelona plan to present criminal charges against music icon Shakira for allegedly defrauding the Spanish treasury of 14.5 million euros ($A22.9 million) in taxes between 2012 and 2014.
The singer’s lawyers have been informed that she will face charges, judicial sources said yesterday.
Prosecutors contend she would have evaded Spanish in- come tax during the 2011-14 period by claiming she resided in the Bahamas for more than half of each of those years.
Shakira is the partner of Spanish soccer star Gerard Pique, who plays for FC Barcelona. Barcelona daily La Vanguardia reported that several months ago Shakira paid 20 million euros ($31.6 million) for her 2011 debt plus interest, while over the past few days she paid another $14.5 million euros ($22.9 million) for the years 2012, 2013 and 2014.
“Shakira has at all times fulfilled her tax obligations and owes no money to the Spanish Treasury,” the singer’s representatives said.
“As soon as she was made aware of the amount that according to the Tax Agency she owed, as a gesture of good faith she made the payment in full, and, therefore, there are currently no monies owed.”