Expensive tax procedures
Shakira pays even more punishment

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Shakira apparently has more problems with the Spanish justice system than previously known. The singer, who has just agreed to an expensive settlement with the court, already paid millions in another tax case in the summer.

A few days after a tax fraud case against her was dropped, it was revealed that Shakira had paid 6.6 million euros in another case. The pop singer had already transferred this sum to the responsible court in Barcelona in August, the Colombian singer’s agency explained, thereby confirming a report in the daily newspaper “El Periódico”.

Only on Monday, after an agreement with the public prosecutor’s office, a court in Barcelona announced that the 46-year-old had pleaded guilty and agreed to pay a fine. Specifically, the trial covered the period 2012 to 2014. In the trial, Shakira was sentenced to three years in prison on probation and a fine of more than 7.3 million euros.

In the summer, the Spanish public prosecutor’s office also initiated further criminal proceedings against Shakira. The prosecution accuses her of evading taxes amounting to around 6.6 million euros in 2018. The payment of 6.6 million euros in this case says nothing about the alleged guilt or innocence of the singer, said the newspaper report from “El Periódico”. The singer, whose full name is Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll, demonstrated her willingness to “repay any debts she may owe to the Spanish tax authorities.”

Living in Spain, taxes in the Bahamas

In the trial that ended on Monday, the public prosecutor’s office accused Shakira of providing false information about her place of residence and thereby defrauding the Spanish tax authorities of almost 14.5 million euros. According to the prosecution, the Colombian moved to Spain with him shortly after her relationship with then FC Barcelona player Gerard Piqué became known in 2011. However, she stated her tax residence was in the Bahamas until 2015.

The suspicion of tax evasion has weighed on Shakira for years. In connection with her residence in the Bahamas, her name appeared in the “Pandora Papers” in 2021, which revealed the tax avoidance tricks of many, some prominent, multimillionaires. After her separation from Piqué became known last year, Shakira now lives in the US metropolis of Miami with her sons Milan and Sasha.

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