Singer Shakira accused of tax evasion in Spain

Colombian singer Shakira is accused of failing to pay €14.5 million from 2012 to 2014.
Colombian singer Shakira is accused of failing to pay €14.5 million from 2012 to 2014.

MADRID • Spanish prosecutors filed charges against Colombian singer Shakira last Friday, accusing her of failing to pay €14.5 million in tax (S$22.6 million) in the country, where her Spanish footballer partner plays.

The charges were filed in the Catalonia region, where the singer is a regular presence at matches of her partner Gerard Pique's team, Barcelona.

She was accused of failing to pay tax on income earned from 2012 to 2014, when the prosecutors say she lived there.

Representatives of Shakira said in a statement that the singer did not live in Spain until 2015, and has met all of her tax obligations to the Spanish authorities.

The Hips Don't Lie singer and Pique have been a couple since the start of the decade and have two children.

It is the latest case of a high-profile foreigner with links to top level Spanish football being accused of avoiding tax while living there.

Earlier investigations looked into Pique's Argentinian Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi and Portuguese international Cristiano Ronaldo, who left Real Madrid for Juventus this year.

REUTERS

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on December 16, 2018, with the headline 'Singer Shakira accused of tax evasion in Spain'. Print Edition | Subscribe