Shakira She fires back at the Spanish prosecutors, claiming to be the victim of a smear campaign and she has the receipts to prove it.
The singer filed legal documents on Friday in Spain, responding to allegations that she failed to pay more than $14 million in taxes on income earned from 2012 through 2014.
Shakira says she was not residing in Spain during that time. According to the laws of the country, she has to pay taxes if she spends 183 days or more there in one year.
She says that during the said period, she actually paid $10,141,075 in taxes to the US government — that’s when she appeared as a trainer on “The Voice.” She says she has not been in Spain for the requested period of time – 183 days.
Prosecutors are calling for her to be imprisoned for 8 years and fined $24 million if she is convicted at the next trial, but she says in new legal documents that she paid more than $90 million for the Spanish version of Uncle Sam.
According to legal documents, Shakira declared herself a tax resident in Spain in 2015, after she settled there with her family and enrolled her son in school.
Shakira alleges the government is also pursuing her failure to pay in 2011… She says she was on a world tour and only spent 60 days in the country.
She says the prosecutors violated her right to privacy and the presumption of innocence by blasting her as they did. Call it a smear campaign.