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Singer, Shakira Facing Eight-years Jail Term And £19million Fine Over £12m Tax Fraud

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Widespread Columbian singer/songwriter, Shakira is reportedly dealing with as much as eight years in jail if prosecutors discover her responsible of an alleged huge £12m tax fraud.

The Hips Do not Lie’ singer, 45, is charged with defrauding the Spanish treasury out of tens of millions over a three-year interval between 2012 and 2014.

Spanish prosecutors are pushing for the highest-possible sentence over six separate counts of tax fraud totalling 14.5 million euros (£12.2m).

In addition to an eight-year jail sentence, state prosecutors need the mum-of-two to be slapped with a 23 million euro tremendous (£19.2m).

Shakira is accused of pretending to reside overseas to keep away from paying tax regardless of shifting to Barcelona in 2011 to be along with her ex, Spanish defender Gerard Pique.

She has already paid out an estimated three million euros (£2.5m) to the Spanish taxman.

She is accused of utilizing the unlawful association from 2012 and 2014, when she was in a relationship with footballer Gerard Pique who lives and performs in Barcelona.

The couple, who’ve two youngsters collectively, cut up earlier this yr amid allegations in native media that Pique had been untrue.

Shakira is alleged to have tried to rekindle the connection twice however was rebuffed by Pique, earlier than the pair confirmed their separation.

Regardless of the cut up, the couple appear to have remained on civil phrases and have been seen attending their youngsters’s sports activities video games collectively.

A spokesman for Shakira mentioned: ‘Shakira has all the time cooperated and abided by the legislation, demonstrating impeccable conduct as a person and a taxpayer, and faithfully following the counsel of PriceWaterhouse Coopers, a prestigious and globally acknowledged tax agency.

‘Sadly, the Spanish Tax Workplace, which loses one out of each two lawsuits with its taxpayers, continues to violate her rights and pursue one more baseless case.

‘Shakira is assured that her innocence might be confirmed by the tip of the judicial course of.’

Shakira, beforehand a tax resident within the Bahamas, solely registered as a full tax resident in Spain in 2015.

Official residents in Spain pay Spanish taxes on their worldwide revenue.

Individuals who spent greater than 183 days in a given calendar yr in Spain are thought-about Spanish residents for tax functions.

 Tax inspectors spent greater than a yr checking up on Shakira, even visiting her favorite hairdressers in Barcelona and checking her social media to attempt to present she spent many of the three years in dispute in Spain.

They concluded she had spent 242 days in Spain in 2012, 212 days in 2013 and 243 days within the nation in 2014.

Shakira may very well be jailed for eight years and fined £19million if convicted.

 

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