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Shakira charged again with tax evasion

Shakira ‘El Jefe’ singer Shakira is charged with tax evasion for the second time, owing the Spanish Government $7.1M in taxes.

Spanish prosecutors charged the pop star with failing to pay 6.7 million euros ($7.1 million) in taxes on her 2018 income in Spain’s latest fiscal allegations against the Colombian singer.

Shakira allegedly used an offshore company to avoid paying the taxes, authorities said.

The “Hips Don’t Lie” singer, who currently lives in Miami, has been notified of the latest charges.

The pop star also faces previous charges of tax evasion.

Spanish prosecutors said Shakira lived in Barcelona for more than half of the time between 2012 and 2014 and racked up a tax bill of $15.4 million.

Meanwhile, Shakira has maintained that her official residence was in the Bahamas – meaning she did not owe the Spanish Government those taxes.

“Shakira has always cooperated and abided by the law, demonstrating impeccable conduct as an individual and a taxpayer, and faithfully following the counsel of PriceWaterhouse Coopers, a prestigious and globally recognized tax firm,” representatives for Shakira previously told Fox News Digital.

After Shakira chose not to accept a plea deal, prosecutors moved the case forward to trial.

The international pop star will head to court in November while the Prosecutors have requested Shakira be sentenced to eight years and two months in addition to a roughly $25 million fine.

Shakira, whose full name is Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll, has been linked to Spain since she started dating the now-retired soccer player Gerard Piqué.

The couple, who have two children, lived together in Barcelona until last year, when they ended their 11-year relationship.

Romeka Romena
Romeka Romena
Journalist | news@fijilive.com

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