Shakira declined a proposal to resolve a Spanish tax fraud lawsuit.She faces a maximum sentence of eight years in jail if proven guilty.Shakira would likely receive an eight-year prison sentence from Spanish authorities if she is found guilty in a $15 million tax fraud trial, according to reports from Reuters and the Associated Press on Friday.
The 45-year-old superstar is charged with failing to file taxes between 2012 and 2014.She claims that at the time, she was not residing in Spain.The singer of “Hips Don’t Lie” reportedly declined a bargain from the prosecution to settle the case this week, according to Reuters.The singer has chosen to proceed with the trial even if there isn’t a date yet.A spokesperson for the Colombian performer tells PEOPLE that she is “confident of her innocence” in the interim.
The spokesperson claimed that Shakira “has consistently followed the law, been a responsible citizen, and paid taxes.She has always followed the instructions given to her by PriceWaterhouse Coopers, a respectable and well-known tax business.”The following sentence follows their assertion: “The Spanish Tax Office continues to violate her rights and initiate yet another fruitless action despite the fact that it loses one of every two disputes with its taxpayers.
Shakira is confident that her innocence will be proven after the judicial proceedings are over.”She lost her appeal in May, according to a Spanish judge, because there was sufficient evidence to continue the prosecution.A judgement rendered by Spanish Judge Marco Juberas in July 2021 was affirmed by the court.According to the AP, Juberas concluded “sufficient proof of wrongdoing” following a three-year investigation.
Shakira used to claim that she spent the most of those years in the Bahamas on her tax filings.The singer’s defence claimed in documents obtained by El Periodico and El Pais that she spent the most of her time overseas and had not intentionally tried to conceal her income, referring to any misconceptions as “a difference in standards.”According to her representatives at the time, Shakira paid the sum after learning how much she owed from the nation’s tax authority.’
Shakira’s tax behaviour “has always been immaculate in all the countries where she has had to pay taxes, and she has trusted and dutifully followed the suggestions of the best professionals and expert advisors,” the Associated Press and Reuters reported.Additionally, they stated that her attorneys want to “fight her innocence.”According to the Associated Press, Shakira debunked the accusations made against her in June 2019.
She was first accused of not paying her taxes in January 2018.She paid the roughly $25 million in back taxes in February of that year.Shakira announced a month ago that she and her boyfriend Gerard Piqué, who has two sons Milan, 9, and Sasha, 7, are taking a sabbatical from one another.In March 2011, the couple initially discussed their connection.They released a joint statement in June that read, “We regret to confirm that we are splitting up.”