According to a report, Shakira is facing new criminal charges for tax fraud. A report from the Spanish newspaper, El Pais, claims that the pop star has been filing her taxes as if she has been spending most of her time in the Bahamas rather than in Spain with her partner and son. If this report is accurate, Shakira can cause serious problems for the musician. Spanish law requires that if a person spends more than 183 days in the country that they file taxes in Spain.
Shakira’s team has refuted the claims of the Spanish newspaper. A representative of the pop star’s team stated, “Shakira has at all times fulfilled her tax obligations and owes no money to the Spanish Treasury.” The statement later adds, “As soon as she was made aware of the amount that according to the Tax Agency she owed, as a gesture of good faith, she made the payment in full, and, therefore, there are currently no monies owed.”
Shakira paid nearly 20 million euros in back taxes to the Spanish government earlier this year. The new investigation concludes that Shakira owes 14.5 million euros to the Spanish government. The Spanish government has yet to comment on this matter publicly.