Shakira Charged with Tax Evasion in Spain for Allegedly Owing More Than $16.3 Million

Shakira is being accused of failing to pay millions in taxes.

Prosecutors in Spain have charged the 41-year-old Colombian singer with tax evasion for allegedly failing to pay $16.3 million between the years 2012 and 2014.

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In charges filed on Friday (December 14), it claims that Shakira listed the Bahamas as her primary residence for tax purposes, when she was actually living in Barcelona with her family.

However, a source close to Shakira says that she believes she is innocent and the prosecutor is using the case a “smear campaign” and that the investigation and charges were initiated to intimidate other taxpayers, People reports.

Prosecutors allege that Shakira was living in Barcelona from 2012 to 2014, while she says she only resided in Spain no longer than 183 days during that time.

The source also says Shakira has already paid the money that she allegedly owed in full.

A judge will soon decide if there is enough evidence to bring Shakira‘s case to court.

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