$16.5m tax evasion case against Colombian singer Shakira

Shakira scored major global hits with her mix of Latin and Arabic rhythms and rock influences.

Spanish officials are about to initiate tax evasion case against Colombian singer Shakira accused of avoiding her financial obligations to Spain which are approximately $16.5 million.

One of the biggest stars from Latin America, the singer didn’t pay her taxes despite being a resident between 2011 and 2014 in Spain. People staying in Spain more than 183 days a year must pay tax on their worldwide income.

Her representatives say she broke no rules, adding, she earned most of her money in international tours and didn’t live more than six months a year in Spain. 

She has sold more than 60 million records and became popular with her songs Whenever, Wherever; Hips don’t lie; Can’t remember to Forgetyou.