Shakira has been charged over alleged tax evasion in Spain for the second time. The latest allegations against the Colombian singer are that she failed to pay 6.7 million euros ($7.1 million) in tax on her 2018 income, authorities said Tuesday.
Barcelona prosecutors accused Shakira of using an offshore company based in a tax haven to get out of paying her share of taxes. According to a statement released by the officials, Shakira has been notified of the charges in Miami, where she lives.
Shakira is already supposed to be tried in Barcelona on November 20 in a separate case. In that case, prosecutors alleged she failed to pay 14.5 million euros ($15.4 million) in tax. Although her official residence was in the Bahamas, prosecutors in Barcelona have alleged the Grammy winner spent more than half of the 2012-14 period in Spain. As a result, they claimed that she was liable to pay taxes in the country.
The second case of tax evasion was opened against Shakira last July. Prosecutors have decided to bring charges after investigating the case and reviewing the evidence gathered over the last two months. However, no trial date as such has been set in the latest case.
Llorente y Cuenca, the PR firm that previously handled Shakira’s affairs, said back in July that the artist had “always acted in concordance with the law and on the advice of her financial advisers.”
Last July, it said the artist had “always acted in concordance with the law and on the advice of her financial advisers.”
Shakira has been linked to Spain since she started dating the former soccer player Gerard Pique. The couple lived together in Barcelona until last year when they ended their 11-year relationship. They share two children together.
Shakira is not the only celebrity who has incurred the wrath of Spain’s tax authorities. Over the past decades, they have also cracked down on soccer stars like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for not paying their full due in taxes.