Shakira Addresses Alleged Tax Fraud: “I Have to Fight for What I Believe”
Shakira has shared her thoughts about her ongoing tax fraud case.
The singer is facing a legal battle after being charged with tax evasion, as prosecutors in Spain alleged she failed to pay the Spanish government 14.5 million euros ($15 million) in taxes between 2012 and 2014. Prosecutors stated that if she is convicted, they would request a court to sentence her for eight years in prison .
Shakira opened up about the case in her Elle cover story and explained why she chose to reject a settlement deal and fight the accusations.
She said, “Because it is my duty to defend what I believe. These are false accusations.” “First of all, I didn’t spend 183 days per year [in Spain] at that time at all. I was busy fulfilling my professional obligations around the globe. Second, I paid everything they claimed I owed before they filed a suit. As of today, I owe them zero.”
She continued, “And finally, I was advised by one of the four biggest tax specialist firms in the world, PricewaterhouseCoopers, so I was confident that I was doing things correctly and transparently from day one.”
Shakira pointed out that the Spanish tax authorities had not provided any evidence to support their “fictional claims” and “have resorted a salacious media campaign to try to sway people and apply pressure in press to coerce settlements .”
Shakira, who was at the centre of her legal battle, pointed out that other stars have had to face the same struggle. It is well-known that the Spanish tax authorities often do this not only with celebrities like me (or [Cristiano] Ronaldo], Neymar, [Xabi] Alonso and many others), but also unjustly to regular taxpayers. It’s their way of doing things. But I am confident that I have enough evidence to support my case, and that justice will be done for me.”
According to The Associated Press in Barcelona, prosecutors have alleged that Shakira should have paid taxes because she spent more than half her year in Spain between 2012 or 2014. Shakira argued against the claims, explaining that during those years she was on a world tour and “spent more than 240 days outside of Spain, so there was no way I qualified as a resident.” Because she was dating Spanish soccer player Gerard Pique at the time — they recently ended their 11-year relationship — she told Elle the Spanish tax authorities “started to salivate” and “it’s clear they wanted to go after that money no matter what.”
“Even after my C-section, I traveled the world working nonstop for the next few decades, even while pregnant or with Milan. She continued, “They knew I wasn’t in Spain for the required time, and that Spain wasn’t my place or my source of income. But they still came after my, with their eyes on a prize.” She eventually stated that going to court was “a matter principle.”
An official trial date has not yet been set.