Shakira accused of evading 14.5 million euros in Spanish tax

Spain's prosecutor accuses singer Shakira of tax fraud

Spain's prosecutor accuses singer Shakira of tax fraud

Under Spanish law, spending more than six months in the country makes you a resident there for tax purposes, and it is alleged that the singer, who lives in Barcelona with her footballer partner Gerard Piqué and their two children, met this criteria.

The prosecutor alleges she avoided more than 14.5 million euros ($16.34 million) in payments over a three-year period in which she lived in the north-eastern region of Catalonia, Europa Press reported. The Colombian singer denied the charges.

While she listed herself as an official resident of the Bahamas for tax purposes during those years, prosecutors allege that this was not the case.

Spanish prosecutors charged Shakira with tax evasion.

Prosecutors in Barcelona said Shakira's travel overseas was for short periods because of professional commitments, while most of the year she stayed in Spain.

Prosecutors claim the Hips Don't Lie singer travelled overseas only for short periods for work but spent most of the year in Spain.

Spain's prosecutor accuses singer Shakira of tax fraud

Prosecutors now want Shakira to pay a bond of €19.4 million (£17.4 million) - reportedly the amount she owes in tax plus 33 per cent - or have her assets to the same amount frozen by the court.

A magistrate will now assess the evidence to determine whether or not Shakira should face trial.

Spain's tax authorities referred their probe to the Barcelona prosecutor's office a year ago.

Shakira was named in the "Paradise Papers" leaks that detailed the offshore tax arrangements of numerous high-profile individuals, including musical celebrities like Madonna and U2's Bono.

It is the latest case of a high-profile foreigner with links to top level Spanish soccer being accused of avoiding tax while living there.

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