Shakira is confident that “justice will prevail in her favor” in her upcoming tax evasion case in Spain.
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The Colombian pop star was accused by the Spanish government of not paying her taxes in the country between 2012 and 2014. They claim she spent more than 183 days a year in Spain during that time, making her a tax resident, while his team claims his primary residence was in the Bahamas.
In an interview for ELLE magazine, the Hips Don’t Lie singer explained that she chose to fight the charges in court rather than settle the case privately “as a matter of principle.”
“Because I have to fight for what I believe in, because those are false accusations,” she said. First of all, I didn’t spend 183 days a year back then. I was busy fulfilling my professional obligations around the world. Second, I paid everything they claimed I owed before they even took legal action. So to this day I don’t owe them anything. Finally, I was advised by one of the top four tax firms in the world, PricewaterhouseCoopers, so I was confident from day one that I was doing things properly and transparently.”
The 45-year-old singer added that the government had no evidence to support her “fictitious claims” and accused him of engaging in a “salacious press campaign” to force her to settle the case. “But I am confident that I have enough evidence to support my case and that justice will prevail in my favor,” she continued.
Shakira claimed Spanish tax authorities kept tabs on her when she started dating Spanish footballer Gerard Pique in 2011. She continued to travel the world until her eldest son, Milan, now nine years old, started school in 2014 and moved to Barcelona.
“While Gérard and I were together, I was on a world tour. “I’ve spent over 240 days outside of Spain, so there’s no way I would qualify as a resident,” she reiterated. The Spanish IRS saw that I was dating a Spanish citizen and started drooling. It’s clear they definitely wanted to be after that money. I continued to travel the world over the next few years, working non-stop during my pregnancy or with Milan when he was a baby, just as my cesarean was about to end. They knew I wasn’t in Spain for the time I needed, that Spain wasn’t my place of work or my source of income, but they took me anyway, with a very specific purpose.
Shakira and Gerard Pique, who split this year, also have a seven-year-old son named Sasha. The date of the hearing has not yet been set.