Shakira may be in the “darkest hours” of her life right now. However, she makes her way through the light.
Before releasing her first new music album in five years, the singer spoke to Elle Magazine about the tax evasion scandal with the Spanish government, threatening her with up to eight years imprisonment.
Shakira declined a settlement offer – the specifics were not disclosed, taking the tax fraud case to court.
Previously, she was alleged to have failed to pay $15 million in taxes in Spain between 2012 and 2014, a time of which the superstar says she did not live there.
Shakira bought a house in Barcelona in 2012 and lived there at the time, according to court documents obtained by Reuters. (Her official address was listed as the Bahamas.)
Aside from jail time, the filing pushes for a $ 24 million fine if convicted.
The star repulsed the Spanish government’s allegations as “false accusations,” sharing with Elle that she plans to stand against the case as a “matter of principle.”
Shakira claims she has not lived in the country for the required 183 days for tax purposes, due to her being “busy fulfilling my professional commitments around the world.”
“I’ve paid everything they claimed I owed, even before they filed a lawsuit,” she stated.
“So, as of today, I owe zero to them. And finally, I was advised by one of the four biggest tax specialist firms in the world, PricewaterhouseCoopers, so I was confident that I was doing things correctly and transparently from day one.”
Shakira Says ‘Justice Will Prevail’
Shakira argues everything is equal for the course when we talk about the Spanish tax authorities and the strategy they are utilizing against her, other prominent personalities, and the “regular taxpayer.”
“However, even without evidence to support these fictional claims, as they usually do, they’ve resorted to a salacious press campaign to try to sway people and apply pressure in the media along with the threat of reputational damage in order to coerce settlement agreements,” she elaborated.
“It is well known that the Spanish tax authorities do this often not only with celebrities like me (or [Cristiano] Ronaldo, Neymar, [Xabi] Alonso, and more), it also happens unjustly to the regular taxpayer.
“It’s just their style. But I’m confident that I have enough proof to support my case and that justice will prevail in my favor.”
No date has been announced yet for Shakira’s trial.
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