Shakira is in a sticky situation with the law after a report regarding her ‘alleged actions’ was brought forward by a Spanish prosecutor.
The singer might be jailed if found guilty of tax fraud of 13,000,000 pounds ($16.4 million) in three years (2012-2015).
Judge Marco Jesus Juberias reported that Shakira lived more than 200 days in Spain in each of those three years, making her liable to pay taxes.
Shakira’s lawyer argued her official residence was in the Bahamas, exempting her from tax.
However, local media reports claim that the singer was in her Barcelona home.
The judge also noted that Shakira used an off-shore tax haven to conceal her assets and source of income during the three years.
The case has been open ever since the start of 2019. At the time, a spokesperson released a statement on behalf of the singer, clarifying that it has all been ‘cleared up.’
“As soon as she learned how much she owed the Spanish tax authorities – and before a complaint was filed – Shakira paid the full amount, as well as providing the tax office with exhaustive information. For this reason, there is currently no debt whatsoever,” the spokesperson said.
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