Evidence for Shakira’s tax fraud: It’s the clearest case the authorities have seen


Shakira has been profiled in a Spanish investigative TV show, which began its new season with a feature that is sure to give people something to talk about.

She has been accused of committing tax fraud, with the Colombian singer potentially facing up to eight years in prison and a fine of 23 million euros.

The report comes from ‘Equipo de investigacin’, a show on La Sexta, in which there are testimonies from several important people related to the prosecutor’s office, demonstrating the alleged fraud committed by Shakira.

According to the report, Shakira engaged in improper practices in Spain in order to avoid paying taxes in the country and, to do so, she created a company that caused this fraud.

Between 2012 and 2014, Shakira did not declare her income tax in Spain because she said that she had been living in the Bahamas since 2007. However, the testimonies of ‘Equipo de Investigacin’ showed that she lived in Barcelona.

“The tax authorities are investigating this person because there are indications that she was in the Spanish territory for more than 183 days in the calendar year, which is the main way to qualify a person as a resident in Spain,” explained Javier Hurtado, a director of inspection at the tax agency.

Importance of the paparazzi in the Shakira case

Both journalists and the paparazzi were of vital importance in demonstrating Shakira’s presence in Barcelona.

In fact, the tax inspectors used their photographs, as Gloria Serra explained.

As it turned out, the coverage of the start of her relationship with Gerard Pique, back in 2010, was key to having proof that Shakira had moved to the city.

Where did Shakira go?

The tax agency became suspicious of Shakira‘s residence in the Bahamas and the first place they investigated was her hairdresser.

“The tax inspectors began to track Shakira‘s life in Barcelona and they started with the hairdresser because that’s where she went every week,” said Silvia Taules, a journalist for Vanitatis.

Shakira also visited beauty salons and gyms, as evidenced by her credit card payments.

“She came here many times in 2012, 2013 and 2014, she is a woman who always smiles and took photos with the clients”, said a waiter on the La Sexta programme.

In addition, Shakira‘s parents moved to Barcelona at the end of 2012, an event that contradicts the assertion that Shakira lived in the Bahamas.

“If you have your home, you have your family, of course you have roots,” added Hurtado.

The company created by Shakira

Shakira has amassed a huge wealth, so much so that, according to the programme, she earned 130,000 euros a day.

Shakira‘s economic structure resembles that of a multinational company, which operates in many, many countries, where the law allows her to pay as little tax as possible,” said Francisco Bonatti, an expert in money laundering.

What does Shakira’s defence say?

Shakira‘s lawyers say this is an “outrage” to her honour and rights. They also claim that the singer has already paid 17.2 million euros, as required by the tax authorities.

However, the tax authorities consider this case to be “the clearest example of tax fraud” they have seen.

Shakira has paid a significant amount and has paid interest for late payment, but this does not prevent the imposition of penalties and, therefore, a conviction,” they concluded.





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2022-09-17 12:14:23

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