Colombian singer Shakira appeared before the examining magistrate in the neighborhood of the Spanish city of Barcelona on Thursday. She is suspected of having ‘forgotten’ to pay some $20 million in taxes between 2012 and 2014.
Shakira arrived in the Esplugues de Llobregat court around 9.50 am, where she had to be interrogated at 10 am. She was met by a whole bunch of journalists.
According to the prosecutor’s office, Shakira did not pay taxes in Spain between 2011 and 2014, while she did stay in the country at the time. Shakira has been living with Gerard Piqué since 2011 and in 2015 chose Spain as her tax residence. She was previously “housed” in the Bahamas for tax purposes, but that is now being challenged by the Spanish court.
The singer’s lawyers say that her income until 2014 came mainly from “international tours” and that at that time she “didn’t even live in Spain for six months a year”. To be called a tax resident in Spain you must live in the country for at least six months a year.
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