Pop superstar Shakira facing jail term for tax evasion in Spain

Popular singer Shakira (full names Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll) is alleged to have evaded tax payments in Spain, and authorities say she would likely get a prison sentence.


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The Hips Don’t Lie singer is under investigations for her earnings between 2011 to 2014.

According the Spanish media, Shakira avoided payments estimated in millions of pounds, mostly on her income from international deals.

The Spanish government said Shakira would be investigated for her foreign earnings between the said period, adding that the pop star should have been aware that she was required to account for income accruing from such undocumented deals.

State prosecution chiefs in Barcelona said they have the mandate to reach agreement with the Tax Agency before launching formal legal proceedings on the Waka Waka singer.

In spite of the imminent jail threats, Shakira appears unfazed since similar high profile cases, as was the case with Lionel Messi, Neymar, Mascherano and others, are typically settled without a custodial sentence.

Media reports quote sources close to Shakira as confirming that the Barranquilla-born star became a full tax resident in Spain in 2015.

A Spanish news outlet La Vanguardia reported that the famous 40-year-old singer had always met her tax obligations and was ready to abide by the “economic consequences” of whatever amount she is believe to have avoided through “simple differences in evaluation criteria” rather than a deliberate attempt to cheat on taxes.

Her lawyer Ezequiel Camerini told Spanish news website El Confidencial that the singer has no links to safe havens.

Ezequiel argued that Shakira, who has 2 kids for Barcelona ace Gerard Pique, spends part of her time in Spain but, as an international artist, she had lived in several places in the course of her professional life, with strict adherence to the laws of all the jurisdictions she resides in.