REPORT: Prosecutors Charge Shakira With Tax Evasion A Second Time

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Leena Nasir Entertainment Reporter
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Prosecutors in Spain reportedly charged Shakira with tax evasion for the second time Tuesday, and demanded more than $7 million from the pop star.

They alleged the famous singer failed to pay $6.7 million euros, the equivalent of $7.1 million in taxes on her 2018 income, according to The Associated Press (AP). Prosecutors issued a statement alleging Shakira used an offshore company that was based in a tax haven in order to avoid having to pay taxes, according to The AP.


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Spanish officials opened this case against the star in July, after reviewing information gathered over the span of several months, according to The AP. There has not been a court date set for this matter.

The public relations team representing the star commented about the charges in July, noting that the artist had “aways acted in concordance with the law and on the advice of her financial advisors,” according to AP.

Shakira was already scheduled to personally attend the trial in Barcelona on Nov. 20 in a separate matter that will help determine her place of residency between 2012-2014. That matter is in relation to another tax evasion investigation that alleged she failed to pay $15.4 million in tax. The star’s defense team noted she was not a resident of Spain at that time, which triggered the November court date, according to The AP. (RELATED: Shakira Ordered To Stand Trial For Tax Fraud In Spain)


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The prosecution team in Barcelona alleged the star resided in Spain for more than half of the 2012-2014 period, which if correct, would mean she would have to pay taxes in their country, in spite of the fact that her primary residence was noted as being in the Bahamas.

Shakira has not publicly commented on the matter.