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shakira On the same day the trial was scheduled to begin, an agreement was reached with Spanish authorities to resolve her tax evasion case.
The Colombian pop star was scheduled to appear in court on Monday on tax evasion charges. Spanish authorities said Shakira listed the Bahamas as her main place of residence from 2012 to 2014, when in reality she spent most of her time in Spain, and Shakira owed more than 14.5 million euros in taxes. he claimed. Shakira has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing and in July 2022 chose to take the case to court instead of accepting a settlement offer from authorities. Associated PressShakira’s contract includes a three-year suspended prison sentence and a fine of 7 million euros.
in a statement to variety, The singer said: “Throughout my career, I have always strived to do the right thing and set a good example for others. That has often been attributable to PricewaterhouseCoopers International Ltd., who advised me from the beginning, and then Ernst Going the extra mile to source the absolute best lawyers for your business and personal financial decisions, including seeking advice from the world’s leading tax authorities such as & Young Global Ltd. Unfortunately, despite these efforts, the Spanish tax authorities have pursued cases against me, similar to those against many professional athletes and other public figures, and these It took away people’s energy, time and peace for years at a time.”
Shakira continued, “While I was determined to defend my innocence in a trial that I was confident my lawyers would rule in my favor, I put the best interests of my unwanted children first.” They finally made the decision to settle this issue.” To see their mother sacrifice her own well-being in this fight. I need to get over the stress and mental strain of the past few years and focus on what I love, my children, and all the opportunities that come with my career, including my upcoming world tour and new album. Very excited. I have great respect for those who fought these injustices to the end, but for me today, victory is about getting time back for my children and my career. ”
Shakira has two sons with Spanish soccer player Gerard Pique. The couple broke up in June 2022. If convicted, Shakira could face more than eight years in prison and a fine of 24.5 million euros.
The singer was in Spain last week latin grammy awardsThere, she performed and won three awards, including song of the year for “Shakira: Bzrp Music Sessions Vol. 2.” 53″