Shakira faces second tax probe in Spain

Shakira faces second tax probe in Spain

Shakira faces further trouble from Spain’s tax office after a court agreed to open an investigation into a second case of alleged tax fraud.

The Colombian pop singer is already set to face a trial for allegedly failing to pay 14.5 million euros (£12.6 million) in taxes on income earned between 2012 and 2014.

The singer has denied any wrongdoing.

Now a Spanish judge has agreed with state prosecutors to probe two possible cases of tax fraud by Shakira from 2018.

The court said it had no information on how much money is in question.

Both cases are being handled by a court in the town of Esplugues de Llobregat near Barcelona.

The first case set to go to trial hinges on where Shakira lived during 2012-14.

The Grammy winner spent more than half of that period in Spain and should have paid taxes in the country, even though her official residence was in the Bahamas, prosecutors in Barcelona allege.

Shakira, whose full name is Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll, has been linked to Spain since she started dating the now-retired footballer Gerard Pique.

The couple, who have two children, lived together in Barcelona until last year, when they ended their 11-year relationship.

Spain has cracked down on football stars like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo over the past decade for not paying their full due in taxes.

They were found guilty of evasion but both avoided prison time thanks to a provision allowing judges to waive sentences under two years in length for first-time offenders.

Published: by Radio NewsHub

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