Shakira’s Tax Case Explained
Shakira’s team maintains that she “has always cooperated and abided by the law.”
A Spanish prosecutor is seeking an eight-year prison sentence and a fine of more than $23.5 million for Shakira over a tax fraud case.
So, how did we get here? The time period in question is 2012–2014, when Shakira has been accused of not paying $15 million in taxes. Shakira, in turn, is saying that she didn’t live in Spain.
Meanwhile, Shakira’s team says that the singer doesn’t have any debts with the Spanish tax office — and even paid the 17.2 million euros that she owed.
This takes us to this week, when Shakira rejected a settlement offer from the prosecutor’s office on Wednesday. This means that the case will go to trial — leading to documents showing the prosecutor’s intent for a fine and prison sentence if Shakira is found guilty to hit headlines on Friday.
Shakira’s representatives subsequently said in a statement that she “has always cooperated and abided by the law, demonstrating impeccable conduct as an individual and a taxpayer.”
No trial date has been set yet.