Shakira In Court Over Tax Evasion Case
The singer has been accused of avoiding to pay over $16 million in taxes to Spain
Shakira, most famously known for her songs, Whenever Wherever and Hips Don't Lie amongst many others, has recently gotten herself embroiled in a controversy. The Colombian singer appeared in a Spanish court recently to testify over allegations that stated she had avoided paying taxes that total over $16 million, reported The Guardian.
Shakira admitted that her taxes were up-to-date and that she has being very cooperative with the investigation. She added that she has no outstanding debts with the tax authorities. The singer reached the Esplugues de Llobregat court in Barcelona at about 10 in the morning through the court's car parking to avoid being caught by the paparazzi. At the court, the prosecutors who accused Shakira of tax evasion late last year, claimed that she had avoided paying the taxes by lying that she had been living in the Bahamas, while she was residing in Catalonia.
The 42-year-old singer had moved from the Bahamas to Spain in 2015, where she lives with boyfriend Gerard Piqué and their two sons. However, the prosecutors argued that she had already been living in Spain between 2012 to 2014 and therefore, should have paid tax for that period too. They added that she travelled abroad between those two years, but only for very short amount of time and spent most of her time in Spain.
Earlier this year, a Catalan newspaper called El Periódico published a report that said that Shakira had paid Spanish tax authorities to settle the debt. But in a statement that was released last week, the singer's PR company wrote that she had appeared in court to "help clarify the facts over her tax situation in Spain". It also mentioned that Shakira had fulfilled and met all the tax obligations in every country she has worked and that she did not owe any taxes to Spain. The statement read: "As soon as Shakira learned how much she owed the Spanish tax authorities – and before a complaint was filed – Shakira paid the full amount, as well as providing the tax office with exhaustive information. For this reason, there is currently no debt whatsoever." Implying that no more payments had to be made, the only matter up for discussion was the interpretation of rules over when Shakira began to be liable to pay taxes as a resident in Spain.
This is not the first time Shakira had to get herself tangled in legal matters. Last month, the Spanish court cleared the Colombian singer of accusations of plagiarism made by Cuban singer, Livam.