Shakira’s New Tax Probe Shelved by Spanish Court at Prosecutors’ Recommendation

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Shakira, May 2024 (Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)

A recent, second tax probe into an alleged case of tax fraud by Shakira—not to be confused with the Colombian singer’s tax fraud trial over 14.5 million euros in taxes owed between 2012 and 2014, which reached a deal in November 2023—has been shelved after recommendations by prosecutors, reports The Associated Press. Shakira was under investigation for the alleged evasion of 6.7 million euros (approximately $7.2 million) in taxes on her 2018 income through an offshore company. She denied wrongdoing.

On May 8, the state prosecutors who initially brought the allegations back in September 2023 changed course, saying there “is not sufficient evidence” of the potential fiscal crime. The following day, a Spanish investigative magistrate provisionally closed the probe, citing the lack of accusation on behalf of prosecutors or Catalonia’s regional government in northeastern Spain. “There is no indication that can prove that Shakira Isabel M. R. had consciously and voluntarily omitted information and documentation with tax significance,” the court reportedly stated. If prosecutors do not appeal the ruling within a week, then it will be definitive.

Both cases are handled by Spain’s court because Shakira lived in the country at the time. She currently resides in Miami, Florida, having left Spain following her high-profile breakup with soccer player Gerard Piqué, who is the subject of her hit single “Shakira: Bzrp Music Sessions, Vol. 53,” with Bizarrap.

Later this year, Shakira will embark on a North American tour in support of her new album, Las Mujeres Ya No Lloran. It begins in California in November and sees the pop star staying on the road on through December. It’s billed as a world tour, so expect more dates to pop up between now and then.

Each Sunday, Pitchfork takes an in-depth look at a significant album from the past, and any record not in our archives is eligible. Today, we revisit Shakira’s big crossover record that revealed her fascinating, idiosyncratic songwriting and created a rift among her fans.

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