Shakira Reportedly Facing Charges For $14.5M Tax Fraud
In a year-long Spanish government investigation, Colombian songstress Shakira is reportedly facing criminal charges for $14.5 million EUR in tax fraud, according to El Pais.
Additionally, the Spanish government claims that they probed whether the 41-year-old lived in Spain between 2011 and 2014 or not; as the law stipulates that if she spent a minimum of 183 days in the country, she’s considered a fiscal resident and is ordered to pay taxes on her global income.
While the “Hips Don’t Lie” singer filed her taxes those years as if she’d mostly been in the Bahamas, versus with partner Gerard Pique in Barcelona, if factual, she may only need to pay on the money she made while working in Spain; an upwards total of $14.5 million euros (approximately $16.4996 USD).
Furthermore, the Colombian’s defense team claims she was not in the country for most of those years between 2011-2014, and that her income mostly came in from work abroad.
In addition, they defend her never attempting to hide her income, reportedly calling it a matter of “a difference in criteria.”
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