Tax Evasion: Shakira Summoned by Spanish Judge

Shakira summoned by Spanish Judge

The Colombian singer Shakira, tax resident in Spain, is suspected of fraud of 14.5 million euros by the courts.

Colombian star Shakira is summoned to appear on the 12th June by a judge of a court on the outskirts of Barcelona for an alleged tax fraud of about 14.5 million euros, announced this Tuesday from the Spanish justice.

The court of Esplugues de Llobregat has “found admissible prosecution of the prosecution” against the singer, said in a statement the Superior Court of Catalonia, northeastern region of Spain where the singer lives in couple with the defender of the FC Barcelona Gerard Piqué.

The hearing is scheduled for the 12th June at 10am local time.

Residence in Barcelona

The prosecution accuses Shakira of not paying taxes in Spain between 2011 and 2014, when she resided there, according to her. However, the proceedings only concern the period 2012-2014, the facts dating back to 2011 being already prescribed.

Officially in a relationship since 2011 with Gerard Piqué, with whom she has two children, the 42-year-old singer transferred her tax residence to Spain in 2015.

Her tax residence was previously in the Bahamas, but a spokesman for the parquet floor of Barcelona told AFP last year that this did not “correspond to reality”. He had pointed out that his companion and his children were living in the Barcelona area.

Shakira’s lawyers insist that most of her remuneration came from her international tours until 2014 and that she did not live more than six months of the year in Spain, the condition for being a tax resident in the country.

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