Prosecutors in Spain were charged on Friday with a Colombian singer Shakira tax evasion that he stopped paying more $ 16.3 million between 2012 and 2014, which the star denies.
According to the accusations, Shakira he entered the Bahamas as an official residence for tax purposes during these years, despite the fact that during this period "defendant there was no day of physical presence and there is no evidence that he has provided a tax return for income and earnings or a statement of any other type of tax ", raises an official charge. The reimbursement states that in these years In Spain he lived mainly with his partner, footballer Gerard Piqué.
On the other hand, tax rates in the Bahamas are much lower than in Spain.
Shakira said in her statement by her representatives that she had no legal residence in Spain during the years in question and that she did not concern the Spanish tax authorities with anything that she described as "sinful shrimp" to scare off other colleagues. It also claims that the necessary funds have already been paid.
The Prosecutor's Office in Barcelona in her application, she says that foreign trips abroad were short because of professional obligations. They want me to pay taxes in Spain for income earned in the rest of the world.
Singer officially moved to Spain for tax purposes in 2015after they had two children with Piqué. The judge will assess whether there is sufficient evidence to prosecute.
The prosecutors want Shakira to pay with a security of 19.4 million euros, in accordance with the provisions of Spanish law, the amount which they claim to be owed by taxes, namely 33%. Otherwise, they recommend the freezing of funds equivalent to the amount.
This week The Associated Press had access to the document of 29 November, which arose after the year of the investigation, in which the prosecutors charged with the case stated that there were facts that deserved the criminal prosecution of alleged criminal offenses.
The star appeared in a series of documents filtered about tax havens, known as "Paradise Papers" in 2017, with musicians such as Bonus U2 and Madonna. According to archives, In 2009, Shakira transferred all its intellectual property rights, musical assets and trademarks to a company based in Malta., an island country of the European Union with broad tax benefits.
Recently, other attractions, such as footballers Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, have had problems with the Spanish tax authorities.
Shakira, 41, with a full name Shakira Isabel Mebarak RipollHe recently completed his world tour in El Dorado and received three Grammy Awards and 11 Latin Grammys.