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SPAIN: Shakira Accuses Tax Agency Of Wanting To Make An Example Of Her

Shakira has blasted the Spanish Tax Agency for “using her” for exemplary purposes, to the point of “violating” her right to privacy.

The Colombian singer, who is being investigated for alleged tax fraud, maintains that since 2011 she has paid more than 104 million euros in taxes worldwide.

Shakirahas been charged with tax evasion of 14.5 million euros between 2012 and 2014, when she allegedly pretended that she did not reside in Spain.

According to her lawyers’ brief, she accused the Spanish tax agency of having mounted a “media campaign” with the sole objective of “forcing” the singer to plead guilty and enter into an agreement with her accusers”.

Specifically, Shakira’s legal team accuse the Spanish Treasury of resorting to “measures that violate the right to privacy such as requesting her medical records including appointments and medical examination results” in order to demonstrate that between 2012 and 2014 the artist resided in Spain more than 183 days a year and, therefore, she was obliged to pay taxes in this country.

As stated in the certificates of the Bahamian authorities, she was a tax resident in the country from 2004 until the end of 2014, when she settled in Barcelona due to her relationship with footballer Gerard Pique.

When in 2014 she decided to settle in Barcelona with Piqueshe communicated it “expressly” to the appropriate authority including the Tax Agency, which accepted it “without discussion, thus assuming that until that date she had not resided in our country”, and since then she has “scrupulously” paid her taxes in Spain despite not being the “center of economic interests”