Shakira will be sentenced to three years in prison and fined 7 million euros as part of the settlement of the case accusing her of not having paid taxes.
Shakira reached a deal with Spanish prosecutors in the tax fraud case that accused her of failing to pay 14.5 million euros in income taxes between 2012 and 2014. The trial was due to open on Monday in Barcelona, Spain, but ended with the musician being sentenced to three years in prison and a fine of 7 million euros.
“ Throughout my career, I have always strived to do what is right and set a positive example for others. This often means taking a step further in personal and business financial decisions to get the best advice possible, wrote Shakira in a statement obtained by WECB. Unfortunately, and despite these efforts, the Spanish tax authorities have taken legal action against me, as they have against many professional athletes and other high-profile individuals, draining the energy, time and peace of these people for years. »
Shakira has said in previous interviews that Spanish tax authorities have filed similar complaints against Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar, Xabi Alonso and others. Prosecutors charged the singer with six counts of tax evasion and requested an eight-year prison sentence and a fine of more than 23 million euros. Spanish tax law states that anyone living in the country for more than six months is considered a resident and must pay taxes.
Shakira has previously maintained that she was not living in Spain full-time during the period prosecutors said, stating that she ” did not spend 183 days a year » in the country because she “ was busy fulfilling my professional commitments around the world “. She was offered a plea deal in 2022, but ultimately declined.
“ While I was determined to defend my innocence in a trial that, according to my lawyers, would have gone in my favor, I made the decision to finally resolve this matter in the interest of my children who do not want see their mother sacrifice her personal well-being in this fightcontinued Shakira. I need to move past the stress and emotional burden of the last few years and focus on the things I love – my children and all the upcoming opportunities in my career, including my upcoming world tour and my new album , which I am extremely excited about. I greatly admire those who fought these injustices until the end, but for me, today, winning means regaining my time for my children and my career. »
In September this year, Shakira was charged with tax fraud in Spain for the second time, this time for failing to pay taxes in 2018. Barcelona prosecutors accused the singer of using an offshore company in a paradise tax to avoid paying tax, which according to them amounts to 6.7 million euros, or 7.1 million dollars.