Shakira says Spain’s tax authorities are running a ‘salacious’ campaign

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Shakira says Spanish tax collectors “started salivating” when they saw she was dating Barcelona-born football star Gerard Pique. And she says those authorities are dead wrong about $16 million she allegedly failed to pay in taxes from 2012 to 2014.

The Colombian singer was charged with tax evasion in Spain in 2018. Authorities said in July they would ask a court to sentence Shakira to eight years and two months in prison if found guilty.

But she doesn’t move.

She told Elle in an interview published Wednesday that she had to fight the charges because the charges are false. She says she was not considered a resident of Spain during the years she is accused of tax evasion.

“First of all, I didn’t spend 183 days a year at all at that time. I was busy fulfilling my professional commitments around the world,” Shakira said.

“Second, I paid everything they claimed I owed, before they even took legal action. So as of today, I owe them nothing. And finally, I I was advised by one of the four largest tax firms in the world, PricewaterhouseCoopers, so I was confident that I was doing things correctly and transparently from day one.

Shakira said the tax authorities were mounting a “salacious press campaign” to pressure – as in the threat of reputational damage – in hopes of securing a settlement agreement. She accused them of tracking her whereabouts via social media once she started dating footballer Pique in 2011.

“While Gerard and I were dating, I was on a world tour. I spent over 240 days outside of Spain, so there was no way I could qualify as a resident,” he said. she stated.

“Spanish tax authorities saw that I was dating a Spanish citizen and started salivating. Clearly they wanted to get that money no matter what. … They knew I wasn’t in Spain on time required, that Spain was not my place of work or source of income, but they still came after me with their eyes on the prize.

Shakira said she was confident justice would prevail in her favor when the case went to trial. “I have enough evidence.”

And if that’s not enough to handle, the singer has also had to deal with the breakdown of her high-profile marriage — with the tabloids’ attention on her and her children — as well as her health issues.

“I have paparazzi camping outside in front of my house 24/7,” she said. “And there’s nowhere I can hide from them with my children, except my own house. You know, we can’t walk around the park like an ordinary family or go out for ice cream or do any activity without paparazzi following us. So it’s hard. »

The relationship she had with Pique was belittled by the media, she said, which is so disappointing.

This, Shakira said, “is probably the darkest hour of my life.”

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