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Shakira will be tried in Spain for tax evasion

Shakira will stand trial in Spain for tax evasion after being accused of failing to pay $13.9 million (£13 million) in taxes between 2012 and 2014.

Authorities are seeking an eight-year prison sentence for the singer on charges she made extensive use of shell companies to hide her income earned between 2012 and 2014.

In a recent response – the first since the allegations were published – Shakira declared her innocence and called the allegations “fake.”

In a new interview with she he said, “As of today, I owe them zero.” Shakira went on to explain her confidence in being transparent about her earnings, as she was “advised by one of the four largest tax specialist firms in the world, PricewaterhouseCoopers”.

Yesterday (September 27), a Spanish judge approved a trial in the case, with prosecutors seeking an eight-year prison sentence. Shakira’s representatives say she has paid everything she owed the government, with €3m (£2.6m) in interest.

A trial date has not yet been set.

In an interview with Elle, Shakira said that the allegations – which she considered “false” and “without evidence” – are an attempt by the Spanish government to “coerce settlement agreements” through a “salacious press campaign” and the “threat of reputational damage .. The singer also described this type of complaint as common among her country’s tax authorities, saying that “it’s their style.”

“It is well known that the Spanish treasury often does this not only to celebrities like me, it also happens unevenly to ordinary taxpayers,” he said. “It’s his style. But I hope that I have enough evidence to support my case and that justice will prevail in my favor.” In July of this year, Shakira rejected a settlement agreement offered by prosecutors, which has now sent the case to trial.

Shakira indirectly addressed the claims when they were first reported in 2018, when her representatives again denied the allegations and claimed that the government was using the singer “as a scapegoat” to force taxpayers to admit guilt. Similar allegations have been made in the past against famous soccer players Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar, among other celebrities.

A statement sent by Shakira’s publicist to BBC News says the singer is “absolutely convinced of her innocence” and says the case is a “violation of her rights”.

The charges, which date back to 2018, stem from an allegation that Shakira spent more than half of each year in Spain between 2012 and 2014.

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