Famous Pop Star Shakira Charged With Tax Evasion

Pop singer Shakira has been charged by Spanish authorities with tax fraud. The claim comes from the fact that despite a Bahamas residence the singer was living in Spain with her boyfriend but did not pay taxes there.

According to Fox News:

Spanish prosecutors are charging pop music star Shakira with tax evasion, alleging she failed to pay more than $16.3 million between 2012 and 2014.

The charges published Friday allege Shakira listed the Bahamas as her official residence for tax purposes during those years but was in fact living in Spain with her partner, Spanish soccer player Gerard Pique.

Tax rates are much lower in the Bahamas than in Spain.

Prosecutors in Barcelona say her travel abroad was for short periods because of professional commitments, while most of the year she stayed in Spain. They want her to pay tax in Spain on her worldwide income.

The singer officially made Spain her official residence in 2015 but the authorities want her held accountable for her unofficial years.

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