Pop star Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll will face another tax fraud charge before Spanish authorities. According to the newspaper “New York Post”, a statement from a spokesman for the Court of Catalonia in Barcelona said that the lawsuit against Shakira was filed after the Colombian singer was linked to two alleged tax crimes related to her income tax returns in 2018.
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This is not the first time that Shakira’s name has cropped up in tax fraud. In 2018, the year the alleged new fraud occurred, Spanish prosecutors sued the singer for not submitting personal income tax (IRPF) and wealth tax (IP) assessments in line with the years 2012, 2013 and 2014.
According to prosecutors, the artist may not have paid approximately US$14.7 million (about R$70.7 million) in taxes during the period he lived in Spain between 2012 and 2014.
Despite the allegations, Shakira denied that she had lived in Spain during the period cited by the prosecution. However, the agency has refuted the singer’s defence, claiming that she had bought a house in Catalonia in May 2012 to live with her then-husband Gerald Piqué, a former defender of Barcelona and the Spanish national team, and the couple’s first child, who was born in 2013.
If convicted, the Colombian star could face a fine of US$23.5 million (about R$113 million) and a prison term.
The singer split from her then-husband, player Gerald Piqué, in June 2022 and has since moved to Miami in the United States with the couple’s two children, Milan, 9, and Sasha, 7.