Shakira is facing another challenge dealing with Spanish Tax authorities as they are now adding the income of international tours she did until 2015 in the tax evasion case. In addition to that, she is also engaged in a lawsuit for the custody of her children against ex-boyfriend Gerard Pique after their breakup surfaced on the Internet.
Shakira and Gerard Pique met for the first time at the 2010 World Cup when the singer performed her Waka-Waka song. After that, they started dating and having two children together – Milan and Sasha, though they’ve never officially tied the knot. While the couple ended their twelve years relationship, they are still making headlines due to a suit for their kids’ custody and the singer’s tax evasion case.
Spanish Tax Authorities Pointed Out At Shakira’s International Tours Income in Tax Evasion Case
The Pop-sensation singer who is also known as Queen of Latin Music has sold more than 60 million records worldwide had accused the Spanish prosecutors of “abusive methods”, where she argued that they were “insisting on claiming money earned during my international tours and the show ‘The Voice.’”
A Brief Note on Shakira’s Tax Fraud Case
In December 2018, Spanish tax authorities have charged the popstar with tax fraud stating that she allegedly failed to pay nearly $15M in tax between 2012 to 2014 in Spain by claiming that she lived in the Bahamas. She could face up to eight years in prison where the prosecutors have accused her of tax fraud and would have to pay a fine of $24M if convicted.
However, the singer had claimed that she has repaid the money to the tax authorities with interest and that she has “no debt to the Treasury for many years”. She has also rejected a deal by prosecutors to settle the case and asked for a trial with her representatives sharing that she “is fully confident of her innocence” and has always abided by the law.