Shakira has blasted the Spanish Tax Agency for “using her” for exemplary purposes, to the point of “violating” her right to privacy.
The famous singer, who is being investigated for alleged tax fraud, maintains that since 2011 she has paid more than 104 million euros in taxes worldwide.
Her lawyers’ brief
Shakira has 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.
EFE has had access to Shakira lawyers’ brief, in which she accuses the Spanish tax agency of having mounted a “media campaign” with the sole objective of “forcing” the singer so that, “despite her innocence, she pleads guilty and comes to an agreement with the accusations”.
For the defense, the Tax Agency has acted with the “unacceptable purpose” of “instrumentalizing” the Colombian singer with “exemplary purposes for the rest of Spanish taxpayers”, and for this purpose it has carried out “unusual actions” during the investigation of the case.
Specifically, Shakira‘s legal team reproach the Treasury for having resorted to “measures that violate the right to privacy such as requests to medical centers to obtain reserved information such as appointments and exams 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.
The defense of the Colombian star, however, claims to have “reliable evidence” that, “without the slightest hint of doubt”, she did not spend in Spain most of the year. 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.
For this reason, they maintain that it is “radically false” that she simulated her residence in the Bahamas and emphasize that, since she began a relationship with Pique in 2011, her visits to Spain to meet with the footballer, “in the few free days that her intense professional agenda allowed her”, were always “publicized” even in her own social networks.
When in 2014 she decided to settle in Barcelona with Pique she communicated it “expressly” for the appropriate purposes to 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”
Shakira claims that in 2011 she spent at most 60 days in Spain, as her world tour included performances in cities such as Abu Dhabi, Bologna, Budapest, Bucharest, Belgrade, Croatia, Munich, Beirut, Minsk, St. Petersburg, Moscow, Rabat, Leon, Tijuana, Hermosillo, Genoa and Puerto Rico.