Shakira would go to trial in Spain accused of tax crimes. The news was released yesterday while she was still talking about her step on the red carpet of the Cannes Film Festival. “The court dismisses the appeal filed by the defense of the investigated and confirms the procedural situation dictated by the investigating judge.”
The Spanish newspaper El País revealed the complex situation of the singer who would face a millionaire fine or jail. “The Barcelona Court has knocked down the appeal of the Colombian singer and has confirmed the court order that concluded that there were indications that she had defrauded the Treasury of 14.5 million euros. Although the possibility of an agreement with the Prosecutor’s Office remains open, Shakira has not managed to avoid the defendants’ bench and file the case.
The pop star was immersed in an investigation that concluded last year. They point out that, during the years 2012 and 2014, Shakira had tax residence in Spain, but she did not pay the taxes, arguing that she lived in the Bahamas and that she only traveled to the country of origin. Gerard Piqué occasionally. The Treasury concluded that she did live with the father of her children in Barcelona. “There are sufficient elements to estimate that she had established his habitual residence in Spain.”
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La Vanguardia added that “The artist is one step away from going to trial” for alleged fraud, committing six tax crimes. In addition, it cites the resolution: “As the documentation provided does not seem sufficient to prove tax residence in another country in the terms in which it has been required in the tax regulations and usual interpretation criteria.”
As is known, in the investigation they considered information on credit card payments, visits to establishments and even photographs posted on social networks.
El País adds that they cited as an example some financial decisions of the artist. She “she bought a house and began the works to make it to her liking, rented a recording studio for a year, received visits from relatives and followed up on her pregnancy at a clinic in Barcelona.”
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Though the defense of the Colombian said that there was no evidence to show that she was “more than 183 days in Spain” (legal requirement), The singer has already complied with paying what they demand. “Shakira’s conduct in tax matters has always been impeccable in all the countries in which she has had to pay taxes,” and that the interpreter has “trusted and faithfully followed the criteria of the best specialists and expert advisers,” the media quoted to the sources of the singer.
Shakira had to pay the amounts claimed by the Treasury on several occasions and they add up to more than “41 million euros”, regardless of the resolution of the case.
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At the Cannes Film Festival
In France, far from the controversy over the trial in Spain, the singer was one of the figures invited to the preview of the movie “Elvis”, like Kylie Minogue and Ricky Martin. Along the way, Shakira pointed out that the film about the king of rock was important because other generations will know him, “like my children, for example,” she commented on the story directed by Baz Luhrmann, with Austin Butler as Presley and Tom Hanks, who plays the manager. It should be noted that, So far, the Prosecutor’s Office has not filed an accusation against the singer. Once the resolution is known, the accusation “will detail the prison sentences that it will foreseeably request for Shakira for three crimes of tax fraud.”
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