Shakira Could Face 8-Year Prison Sentence In Alleged Tax Fraud Investigation

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Just a few years ago, it was revealed that the "Beautiful Liar" singer had allegedly failed to pay millions in taxes between 2012 - 2014.

Spanish prosecutors are seeking a lengthy prison sentence for Colombian singer Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll in her alleged tax fraud case, new reports from the Associated Press reveal.

On Friday (July 29), it was shared that – while no trial date has been set at this time – legal authorities are hoping to have the "Hips Don't Lie" hitmaker put behind bars for eight years and two months if convicted.

Shakira Could Face 8-Year Prison Sentence In Alleged Tax Fraud Investigation
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It's been noted that, back in May, Shakira's appeal against the case was dismissed. All the drama first became public knowledge as far back as 2018, and at the time, reports claimed that the songstress had failed to pay the equivalent of $15.5M in taxes between 2012 to 2014.

It seems that the main issue that's being debated is the 45-year-old's country of residence during the years in question – staying in a country for more than six months means a person is declared a resident for tax purposes. Prosecutors claim that she spent most of her time in Spain, though she has continued to dispute these allegations.

According to Shakira's reps, the case itself "[is] a total violation of her rights"; that statement came around the same time that her team reportedly turned down a proposed settlement in connection with the case, arguing that the mother of two had previously paid the amount she allegedly owed, plus interest.

Officials are said to have demanded a tax bill from all her global income during the relevant period – not just what was generated in Spain.

As of 2015, Shakira declared the European country as her place of residence for tax purposes, and in a separate 2019 case, her former husband, Gerard Piqué, was fined a large gum for tax evasion between 2008 and 2010.

Read more about the couple's recent separation here, and tap back in with HNHH later for any updates on Shakira's alleged tax fraud case.


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Hayley Hynes is the former Weekend Managing Editor of HotNewHipHop, she stepped down after two years in 2024 to pursue other creative opportunities but remains on staff part-time to cover music, gossip, and pop culture news. Currently, she contributes similar content on Blavity and 21Ninety, as well as on her personal blog where she also offers tarot/astrology services. Hayley resides on the western side of Canada, previously spending a year in Vancouver to study Fashion Marketing at Blanche Macdonald Centre and Journalism at Mount Royal University in Calgary before that. She's passionate about helping others heal through storytelling, and shares much more about her life on Instagram @hayleyhynes.