The Office of the Public Prosecutor of Barcelona filed a complaint against Shakira for six crimes against the Public Treasury, in which she accused her of defrauding 14.5 million euros (16.4 million dollars) by pretending not to reside in Spain between 2012 and 2014. The singer Colombia would have hidden its income through a corporate network based on taxes from 2012 to 2014, according to the complaint filed in the courts of Esplugas de Llobregat (Barcelona).
The Public Ministry asks that the singer be cited as investigated and a bail equivalent to the sum of the fees defrauded plus a third -19.4 million euros (just over 22 million dollars) -
The lawsuit is directed against both the singer and his tax adviser in the United States of America, who was director of several of the companies owned by Shakira, and notes that for the moment "it is unknown what could be the participation of members of the professional office Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC) in the "maintenance or restructuring" of the corporate network that I used.
According to the Prosecutor's Office, the artist devised a plan to pay the IRPF (income tax) or property tax, using a network of companies located in the taxpayer's office. Specifically, the Public Ministry maintains that the singer "channeled the movements of capital generated with his professional activity" -his performances or participation in the US program "The Voice" or the marketing of perfumes with his name-, through companies domiciled in British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Malta, Panama and Luxembourg.
In addition, adds the complaint, the interpreter signed agreements with the tax authorities of Luxembourg, the so-called "Tax Ruling", to achieve "specific and privileged conditions of taxation", when he was already living in Spain and had the obligation to pay their taxes in this country.
According to the Public Ministry, the singer used that framework "with the desire not to pay taxes", knowing that "she lived regularly in Spain and that she stayed in this country most of the year, except for her trips to meet their professional commitments and their leisure activities ".
The Office of the Prosecutor considers that the defendant had the obligation to pay his taxes to the Spanish Treasury, since he remained in the country for more than 183 days, time necessary to acquire the status of fiscal resident in both Spain and the United States of America.
In that sense, the complaint adds that, in the years 2012, 2013 and 2014 in which she participated in the US program "The Voice", the singer filed a tax return from the state of California, claiming not to be a tax resident in that country, and He claimed to have stayed there for 61, 118 and 117 days, respectively.
For the Office of the Prosecutor, once the inspection and subsequent investigation of the singer began, she "did not provide any documentation or information regarding the income and patrimony", alleging as a reason that she did not reside in Spain.
The Public Ministry stressed that the singer has provided the documentation on which the complaint is based "always at the request of the Tax Agency, as it was making inquiries and obtained more data."
According to the Office of the Prosecutor, the defendant "did not provide any document or information on its own initiative", nor the liquidation of the musical rights of the companies that it managed or of those that formed the corporate network, "which made it difficult to verify the actual expenses to the there is a re-invoicing between societies ".
In total, the complaint estimates in 12.3 million (13.9 million dollars) the amount that Shakira had to pay to the Tax Agency for Personal Income Tax for the years 2012, 2013 and 2014 and almost 2.2 million (2, 5) the amount that should have been paid to the Tax Agency of Catalonia for the assets it had in those years.
In a statement sent to the media, the singer -couple of footballer Gerard Piqué- assured that he has complied at all times with his tax obligations and that "he does not owe any amount to the Spanish Treasury", since he has paid the money that the Prosecutor's Office considers defrauded.
The artist, born in Barranquilla (Colombia) on February 2, 1977 as Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll, started the Pies Descalzos Foundation as soon as she began to reap musical successes in her native country and in Latin America, and that concern for the development of childhood led her to be appointed UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in 2003, in addition to having been named several times by Sony and Billboard with the nickname of "The Queen of Latin Pop."
The great star of Latin music debuted in the Hispanic-American record market in 1995 with the album "Pies Descalzos" collaborating with Luis Fernando Ochoa in the composition and production of the eleven songs included, in which "I am here", " Where are you heart? "And" Anthology. " Years later, he continued working with Ochoa and released his album "Where are the thieves?" (1998). International success came in 2001 with his album "Laundry Service".
Shakira is the international female artist with the highest number of sales during the 2000s and the only one who had five singles ("Hips Do not Lie", "Crazy", "Whenever, Wherever", "Underneath Your Clothes" and "The Torture ", in positions # 1, # 16, # 17, # 18, and # 19, respectively) in the list of the twenty best sellers in the past decade (2000-2009), being" Hips Do not Lie " the best selling single of the decade, placing among the first forty in the history of music.
In 2013, Shakira became the second most awarded living woman and the third in history. The singer-songwriter had already won three Grammy Awards, seven Billboard Music Awards, five American Music Awards and twelve Latin Grammy Awards, among others. The company Live Nation considered Shakira the most important artist of her generation for its consolidated global impact and placed her with her contract as a reference among the most important artists in the world.
According to Forbes magazine, she is one of the singers who earns the most money and is considered one of the most influential women on the planet. It is estimated that Shakira has sold around 80 million albums and more than 100 million singles worldwide. She is also the best-selling Latin American artist in all of history and one of the artists with the greatest record sales in history.
Billboard magazine has placed his career as one of the most consolidated in the history of Latin America, placing three of his singles among the twenty most important in the history of Billboard, "Blackmail", "Torture" and "Luck" placing them in the positions # 6 # 7 and # 16 respectively.
Among its main records, it became the only artist in the history of VEVO to achieve more than 100 million reproductions with the same song in two versions, managed to have repeated several times; first with "Waka Waka (This is Africa)", then with "La La La (Brazil 2014)", followed by "Loba", "Luck" and finally with "Loca" in both the English and Spanish versions.
At the end of 2017, Shakira became the first artist to enter four songs in Spanish from a single album to Billboard Hot 100, the main musical list of the United States of America. At the end of this year I have collaborated with the singer Nicky Jam in the song "Perro fiel", belonging to his album "El Dorado".
To promote his tour "El Dorado World Tour", on June 8, 2018 I released a new single for the third consecutive time with Maluma in the song titled "Clandestino", which achieved more than 2.3 million views in its first 24 hours in Youtube .