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Shakira Might Be in a Lot of Legal Trouble

Christina Marfice

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Christina is a reporter based in Boise, Idaho. She's a veteran vegetarian, a political junkie and a huge grammar snob. On the weekends, she can usually be found binging on Netflix, playing the piano or petting her cats, Daisy and Dandelion.

2018 isn't starting off well for Shakira

While Shakira's hips don't lie, her tax forms just might. The singer is under investigation by officials in Spain for suspected tax evasion. It's not really the best way to start 2018 if you ask me.

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Spanish officials allege that for three years before officially changing her residence to Barcelona, Spain, Shakira was actually living there, but kept her residence listed as the Bahamas to avoid paying Spanish taxes. They're investigating her for potentially owing income taxes to Spain for 2012, 2013 and 2014. Shakira officially changed her residence to Spain in 2015.

Prosecutor José Miguel Company told The Guardian that Spanish tax authorities referred the investigation to his office in December. He estimated that the prosecutor's office will make a decision by mid-June. Anna Forastier, a spokesperson for auditing firm PricewaterhouseCoopers confirmed that Shakira had hired her company to help with the investigation, but declined to give any other details.

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This isn't the first time Shakira has come under scrutiny for tax reasons. She was implicated in a prior investigation by The Guardian for listing her residence in the Bahamas while living in Barcelona, as well as putting her money into a Malta company called Tournesol Ltd. She's the sole shareholder for Tournesol Ltd., which is valued at $4.27 million. Malta has been accused before of being a tax haven, according to The Guardian.

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Shakira's lawyer told The Guardian that Tournesol Ltd. "fulfills all legal requirements. All of the corresponding information relative to this entity is public and transparent." The attorney also addressed the accusations about Shakira's residency, saying she has lived in many places "throughout her professional career and, in every case, has fully met the laws of all the jurisdictions where she has resided."

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