Shakira Could Get An 8-Year Prison Term For Alleged Tax Fraud
According to recent reports from the Associated Press, Spanish prosecutors are requesting a hefty prison term for Colombian singer Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll in her suspected tax fraud case.
Although a trial date has not yet been scheduled, it was revealed on Friday (July 29) that if found guilty, the “Hips Don’t Lie” hitmaker could spend eight years and two months in prison.
Shakira’s appeal against the case was reportedly rejected back in May. The story was initially made known to the public in 2018, and at the time, reports stated that the singer had allegedly neglected to pay taxes totaling $15.5M between 2012 and 2014.
The 45-year-place old’s of residence during the relevant years appears to be the main topic of discussion because, for tax reasons, anyone who stays in a country for more than six months is considered to be a resident. Although she has continued to refute these accusations, prosecutors contend that she spent the majority of her time in Spain.
According to reports, tax bills from all of her worldwide income during the relevant period—not only that which was earned in Spain—were required by officials.
Shakira designated the European nation as her tax residence as of 2015, and in a separate case from 2019 her ex-husband, Gerard Piqué, was fined a sizable sum for tax evasion between 2008 and 2010.
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