Shakira’s Tax Troubles Finally Over: What Happened and What’s Next?

Last Updated: June 18, 2024By

Shakira’s Tax Troubles Finally Over: What Happened and What’s Next?

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Hey there! Have you ever wondered what it’s like for a global superstar like Shakira to deal with tax issues? Well, let me tell you the story of how Shakira’s recent tax troubles in Spain came to an end. It’s a bit of a rollercoaster, so buckle up!

Shakira’s Tax Drama Begins

Imagine this: it’s July, and the Spanish prosecutors drop a bombshell. They claim that Shakira, the Colombian pop sensation, used a bunch of companies, some hidden away in tax havens, to dodge a whopping €6.6 million (£5.7 million) in taxes back in 2018. Yikes, right?

But here’s the twist: just a month later, Shakira decides to pay up the €6.6 million. Crisis averted, you might think. But the legal system doesn’t work that fast.

The Court’s Big Decision

Fast forward to Wednesday. The prosecutors suddenly decide there’s not enough evidence to continue the case. By Thursday, the court agrees. Phew! The court did find some “irregularities” in her 2018 tax return, but nothing that screamed “criminal offense.”

What Shakira’s Lawyer Said

Pau Molins, Shakira’s defense lawyer, was over the moon. He said this decision finally ended the “smear campaign” against Shakira. According to him, this proves Shakira wasn’t trying to cheat anyone. He emphasized that she never committed any fraudulent acts.

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Not Out of the Woods Yet

Hold on, it’s not all over. Shakira still has one more tax issue to clear up, related to her income from 2011. Back then, she was in Spain for just 70 days, way less than needed to be considered a tax resident.

The Previous Tax Case

Oh, and let’s not forget another tax saga that wrapped up in November. Prosecutors had wanted Shakira behind bars for over eight years, claiming she dodged €14.5 million in taxes from 2012 to 2014. Shakira denied it all, saying she didn’t live in Spain full-time until 2015.

But, by the trial’s start, she had already paid €17.45 million to settle her debts. On the trial’s first day, she agreed to pay nearly €7.8 million more in fines. It was supposed to be a three-week trial with 120 witnesses, but it ended on day one. Shakira said she did it for her kids, to move past all the stress and focus on her career.

Life After the Drama

Now, Shakira’s living in sunny Miami with her two sons, far from the tax troubles of Spain. She split from Gerard Piqué, the Barcelona football star, who had his own tax issues back in 2016. He had to pay €2.1 million in fines, but his conviction got annulled in 2021.

Spain’s Celebrity Tax Crackdown

Spain’s been on a roll, going after celebrities like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for unpaid taxes. Both of these football legends were found guilty of tax evasion but didn’t serve time because it was their first offense.

What’s Next for Shakira?

So, what’s next for Shakira? Hopefully, a bit of peace and a lot more music. She’s been through the wringer with these tax cases, and now she’s ready to focus on what she does best – making us dance and sing along to her hits.

And that’s the story of how Shakira’s tax troubles came to an end in Spain. It’s a wild ride, but in the end, she came out on top. Let’s hope her future is free from any more legal drama!

Got Questions? Let’s Answer a Few!

Q: Why did the prosecutors drop the case against Shakira?
A: They couldn’t find enough evidence to prove she intentionally committed fraud.

Q: Did Shakira pay all her owed taxes?
A: Yes, she paid €6.6 million for the 2018 case and €17.45 million for the previous one.

Q: What’s next for Shakira?
A: She plans to focus on her career and her family, now living in Miami.

Final Thoughts

Isn’t it crazy to think that even superstars like Shakira have to deal with such stressful situations? It just goes to show that no one is above the law. But it’s also a reminder that with the right team and a lot of perseverance, you can overcome almost anything. Keep dancing, Shakira!

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