Not only are Shakira’s troubles with the Treasury Department not over, they’re getting worse. While awaiting trial (as expected in the fall) for alleged €14.5 million fraud, justice has opened a new front against the Colombian singer. A court in Esplugues de Llobregat (Barcelona) opened a second case as a result of a complaint from the Public Prosecutor’s Office. On this occasion, the artist is accused of defrauding the IRS in personal income and asset taxes for the 2018 fiscal year.
Both the Supreme Court of Justice of Catalonia (TSJC) and the Public Prosecutor’s Office have confirmed the opening of the proceedings, although they have not provided further information while awaiting notification of the singer – who now lives in Miami with her children. The case is open to two alleged tax offenses when Shakira was already a resident of Barcelona with her ex-partner Gerard Pique and their two children. The investigation on this occasion, therefore, concerned not his place of residence, but some alleged wrongdoing which had been exposed by the Treasury and which, in the eyes of the Public Prosecutor’s Office, might constitute an offence.
Shakira will be sentenced on November 20 In Barcelona court accused of defrauding 14.5 million euros between 2012 and 2014, in a case also brought by the Barcelona Economic Crimes Prosecutor. The prosecutor’s office, which is asking for more than eight years in prison for the singer, considers that at that time she was already a resident of Spain and had to pay her taxes here. She answers that during that point her tax residence was in the Bahamas, she traveled around the world for professional obligations, and, in any event, she never spent more than half a year in Spain, a requirement by law for someone to be considered a resident.
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