Shakira to stand trial in relation to eight or more years tax fraud allegations, faces eight years or more.
She has been ordered to stand trial in relation to tax fraud allegations and could spend up to eight years in prison.
It has now been made public that six prosecutors have persuaded a Spanish court to bring the 45-year-old Colombian singer to trial for allegedly failing to pay taxes in Spain in 2012, 2013 and 2014.
She was charged by these prosecutors in 2021 with creating shell corporations to hide control of assets between 2012 and 2014; they are asking for an eight-year prison sentence. She has also been charged with using her name only in jurisdictions regarded as tax havens.
The singer of “Hips Don’t Lie” is accused of evading taxes in the amount of €14.5 million (£13 million).
Shakira has referred to all accusations as “false,” and she has also said that she has paid all of her debts to the government.
She asserted that she was exempt from Spanish income tax between 2012 and 2014 since she had her fiscal residence in the Bahamas.
The singer also said she visited Spain “sporadically” during that time, but the prosecution contended that she spent more than half the year living in Barcelona.
The singer could spend time in jail if she is proven guilty.
When Shakira released her fifth album, Laundry Service, in 2001, she had already made her recording debut at the age of 13. “Whenever, Wherever” and “Underneath Your Clothes” were among the singles on it.
Since then, she has participated in the Super Bowl halftime show with Jennifer Lopez, sung the official World Cup song “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)”, and worked as a coach on two US seasons of The Voice.