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Shakira accused of tax evasion

Published:Saturday | December 15, 2018 | 9:28 AM
Shakira...accused of tax evasion

Prosecutors in Spain have accused international superstar Shakira of tax evasion.

It’s alleged that the singer owes more than 14.5 million euros in taxes.

The allegations cover the period between 2012 and 2014 when, according to prosecutors, Shakira lived in Spain, but listed her official residence as elsewhere.

People who spend more than six months a year in Spain are considered residents for tax purposes.

A magistrate will now decide whether there is enough evidence for the star to face trial.

Sources close to Shakira have previously denied that she evaded tax.

The unnamed sources said that earlier this year Shakira was living outside Spain during the relevant period.

However, prosecutors argue that she was spending most of her time in the country with her partner, soccer star Gerard Piqué, and only travelled abroad for professional commitments.

The singer, whose fortune is estimated at over US$200 million, declared Spain to be her place of residence for tax purposes in 2015.

Authorities are seeking the unpaid tax bill from all of her global income, not just income generated in Spain.

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