Shakira’s New Tax Probe Shelved by Spanish Court at Prosecutors’ Recommendation


A recent, second tax probe into an alleged case of tax fraud by Shakira—not to be confused with the Columbian singer’s tax fraud trial over 14.5 million euros in taxes owed between 2012 and 2014, which reached a deal in November 2023—has been shelved after recommendations by prosecutors, reports the Associated Press. Shakira was under investigation for the alleged evasion of 6.7 million euros ($7.2 million) in taxes on her 2018 income through an offshore company. She denied wrongdoing.

On May 8, the state prosecutors who initially brought the allegations back in September 2023 changed course, saying there “is not sufficient evidence” of the potential fiscal crime. The following day, a Spanish investigative magistrate provisionally closed the probe, citing the lack of accusation on behalf of prosecutors or Catalonia’s regional government in northeastern Spain. “There is no indication that can prove that Shakira Isabel M. R. had consciously and voluntarily omitted information and documentation with tax significance,” the court stated. If prosecutors do not appeal the ruling within a week, then it will be definitive.

Both cases are handled by Spain’s court because Shakira lived in the country at the time. She currently resides in Miami, Florida, having left Spain following her infamous breakup with soccer player Gerard Piqué, who is the subject of her hit single “Bzrp Music Sessions, Vol. 53” with Bizarrap.

Later this year, Shakira will embark on a North American tour in support of her new album, Las Mujeres Ya No Lloran. It begins in California in November and sees the pop star staying on the road on through December. However, it’s billed as a world tour, so expect more dates to pop up between now and then.

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