Shakira: Prosecution proposal for 8 years in prison for tax evasion


July 30, 2022

In addition to the eight-year prison sentence, prosecutors also want Shakira to be fined 23 million euros.
Spanish state prosecutors are calling for Shakira to be jailed for up to eight years if the singer is found guilty of 14.5 million euros in tax fraud.
 
Earlier this week, the Colombian-born singer confirmed she rejected the out-of-court deal she was offered, which is believed to have included her admitting wrongdoing after being accused of defrauding the Spanish public over a three-year period from 2012 to 2014. .

Shakira has been charged with six separate charges of tax fraud totaling €14.5 million following a lengthy investigation.

The 45-year-old singer has already settled her outstanding tax liabilities along with interest, which are believed to amount to three million euros.

In addition to the eight-year prison sentence, prosecutors want Shakira to be fined 23 million euros if found guilty of the charges against her.

The prosecutor's proposal was submitted to the investigative court of Esplugues de Llobregat near Barcelona, ​​which is investigating the singer's case.

Shakira is accused of pretending to live abroad and using an existing complex offshore corporate structure to avoid meeting her tax obligations from 2012 to 2014, despite having been in a relationship with Barcelona footballer Gerard Piqué since 2011 and moved to Barcelona.

The singer, who previously had a tax residence in the Bahamas, only declared herself a tax resident of Spain in 2015.
 
Official residents of Spain pay taxes to the Spanish government on their worldwide income. Individuals who spent more than 183 days in a given calendar year in Spain are considered Spanish residents for tax purposes.

Tax officials spent more than a year scrutinizing Shakira, even visiting her favorite hairdressers in Barcelona and checking her social media to try to prove she spent most of the three disputed years in Spain.

They concluded that Shakira had spent 242 days in Spain in 2012, 212 days in 2013 and 243 days in 2014.

In the report submitted by prosecutors along with the criminal charges, they claim that the time he spent outside Spain was "sporadic absences" linked to professional obligations.

Shakira has denied any wrongdoing. Public relations firm Llorente y Cuenca said in a statement earlier this week that the singer "believes in her innocence and has chosen to leave the matter in the hands of the law."

A date for the trial has yet to be set and some analysts predict a last-minute deal could still be reached before Shakira is called to the stand.