Shakira To Appear In Court For Tax Evasion

Written by on February 26, 2019

The Colombian singer and philanthropist Shakira has been summoned to appear in a court near Barcelona over allegations that she avoided paying €14.5m (£13m) in taxes by falsely claiming to live in Bahamas, according to Spanish media reports. The prosecutors accused her of tax evasion in December last year that the musician avoided taxes by claiming to live in the Bahamas when she was resident in Catalonia.

Shakira claimed to have changed residences in 2015 from the Bahamas to Spain, where she lives with her partner, the Barcelona footballer Gerard Piqué, and their two sons but prosecutors allege she was already living in the Catalan capital between 2012 and 2014, and should have paid tax in Spain on her worldwide income for those years.

On Monday evening, it was reported that the judge in Esplugues de Llobregat had agreed to investigate the case and had summoned Shakira to appear in court on 12 June.

The tax authorities began investigating the singer in January last year.

‘Dolupo Balogun

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