Shakira’s media team issued a statement on July 27 saying that she has always met all her tax obligations. Shakira said that the case is a “total violation of her rights.”
“The singer is fully confident of her innocence and therefore does not accept a settlement,” said the statement. No details were provided about the proposed settlement.
A Shakira representative told E! News that she “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.”
The Spanish Tax Office is violating Shakira’s rights, according to her spokesperson. The representative added that Shakira is confident that she will be proven innocent in the end.
Shakira is being accused of not paying taxes on 14.5 million euros ($14.7 million) between 2012 and 2014, according to authorities in Colombia. She is said to have remained in Spain despite the fact that her home was in the Bahamas at this time.
Shakira, a Latin American superstar, relocated to Barcelona in 2015 with her now-former partner Gerard Pique, a FC Barcelona soccer club defender. The two share two children and recently separated. Shakira’s legal team disagreed with the Spanish tax office about an alleged debt of 17.2 million euros that Shakira paid, so there is no outstanding tax debt owed by Shakira for many years.
Shakira was not a Spanish tax resident from 2012 to 2014, according to a source who talked to E News in 2018. However, in 2015 Shakira declared herself as a Spanish tax resident. “As soon as Shakira spent more than 183 days in Spain in a fiscal year,” the source said, “she took the initiative to declare herself a tax resident in Spain and pay taxes in this country.”
Also, the source noted, “Shakira has already paid the monies that are allegedly deemed owed by the Tax Agency and, therefore, currently owes nothing to the Spanish state.” A date still needs to be set by the court for the star’s trial.