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Awaiting $16 Million Trial, Gerard Pique’s Ex Shakira Slapped With New $6,360,000 Legal Blow in Tax Fraud Case

Published 09/26/2023, 10:42 AM EDT

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Shakira is yet again in the crosshairs of Spanish prosecutors. The Colombian singer, who is also involved in a $16 million tax fraud trial, is now battling similar allegations in a fresh case. The pop icon is accused of omitting $6.3 million in tax payments.

Based on reports, the Colombian is said to have omitted a big chunk of her tax payments in 2018. The singer, who had a great tour that year, allegedly used domiciled companies to avoid paying taxes in Spain.

Spanish prosecutors file new case against Shakira

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A set of Spanish prosecutors have filed a case against the Grammy winner claiming she diverted money to “companies domiciled in countries with low taxation and high opacity” instead of paying tax to the Spanish government.

According to reports, the prosecutors have claimed that the singer failed to display profits of up to $12.6 million from her El Dorado World Tour in 2018. Shakira, during that timeframe, was living in Spain and owed the government tax, regardless of where it was earned. However, it has been claimed that instead of doing so; the singer used shell companies to re-direct the money.

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The Waka Waka singer is said to owe the Spanish government $6.3 million in taxes after calculating the interest in voluntary payments. Shakira’s legal team has already touched down on the issue commenting that the pop star is yet to receive any legal details regarding the new case.

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This is a massive setback for the Colombian, as she is already involved in another tax fraud case. A court in Barcelona has claimed that there is “sufficient evidence” to run a tax fraud trial against Shakira.

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The Colombian icon is already embroiled in another tax fraud case

The singer has been accused of omitting tax payments of up to $16 million between the years 2012 to 2014. Shakira’s legal team has claimed her innocence in the case with her lawyers releasing a statement for the press.

As has been stated on numerous occasions, Shakira defends, having always acted in compliance with the law and under the guidance of the best tax experts. Now she is focused on her artistic life in Miami and is calm and confident in a favorable resolution to her tax affairs.

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The singer’s legal team will look to act quickly with the emergence of a fresh case. It will be interesting to see how things shape in the future. If Shakira is convicted by the Spanish court, the singer could face up to eight years in prison.

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Saurabh Saket

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Saurabh Saket is a soccer writer at EssentiallySports. While Saket has been a football fan for a while, his passion for the sport stems from FIFA 17 which featured Borussia Dortmund superstar Marco Reus on its cover. With dreams of standing as a part of the Yellow Wall at Signal Iduna Park, Saket loves to write about the game from a fan’s perspective giving his take on recent happenings.
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Jayant Chhabra