Shakira's Tax Trouble Is Getting Deeper

Spain has charged Colombian star with a 2nd offense
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 26, 2023 5:15 PM CDT
Shakira's Tax Trouble Is Getting Deeper
Colombian performer Shakira arrives at court in Madrid, Spain, March 27, 2019.   (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue, File)

Shakira is due to stand trial in November on tax fraud charges in Spain—but even if the Colombian pop star is acquitted, her legal troubles will be far from over. The 46-year-old "Queen of Latin Pop" has been charged with tax evasion a second time, the BBC reports. She is accused of failing to pay $7.1 million in income tax to Spain in 2018. Prosecutors say she dodged the tax by using "companies domiciled in countries with low taxation and high opacity," reports Reuters. In the trial due to start Nov. 20, Shakira is charged with evading around $15 million in taxes between 2012 and 2014 and could face a maximum sentence of seven years in prison. No trial date has been set for the new charge.

Prosecutors say Shakira was based in Spain in 2018, living in Barcelona with soccer player Gerard Pique and their two children, meaning she was required to pay tax on her worldwide earnings. She moved to Miami after the 11-year relationship ended last year, the AP reports. Shakira's legal team in Miami told Reuters they are focusing on the November trial and haven't been informed of the new charges yet. (More Shakira stories.)

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