Shakira may face trial in Spain for allegedly evading £13million in tax

Singer Shakira may have to face a trial in Spain for allegedly avoiding £13million worth of tax.

The Columbian star has been accused by Spanish prosecutors and could be charged with six offences, which could end up in the star facing time in prison if convicted.

According to the prosecutor's claims, the 44-year-old allegedly stopped paying taxes in Spain in the years 2012, 2013 and 2014.

However, the Hips Don't Lie hitmaker has said that during those years she lived in the Bahamas and was in fact not a resident of Spain and only visited the country "sporadically".

A court judge has now concluded there are "sufficient indications" for the star to head to trial for alleged tax avoidance of 14.5 million euros, Euro Weekly reports.

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It's believed that Shakira is planning on appealing the latest judgement to the Barcelona Court.

When questioned by a Spanish judge, the musician had previously insisted she is innocent of tax evasion and denied allegations of not paying tax when she lived in Spain between 2011 and 2014.

This was heard during an hour-and-a-half long hearing in Esplugues de Llobregat, near Barcelona.

Prosecutors claimed that the Latin American sensation did not pay her taxes in Spain despite being a resident in the country for four years before 2014.

Shakira reportedly moved to the country in 2011. But prosecutors claim she maintained her official tax residency in the Bahamas until 2015 when she started paying taxes in Spain.

The current case against her only covers the period from 2012 to 2014, as the time frame to prosecute alleged tax offences in 2011 has now expired.

Prior to the recent news, her press team later had released a statement claiming she was innocent and everything claimed by tax authorities had been paid.

The statement said: "There is currently no debt."

Her defence team argues that until 2014 she earned most of her income from international stage tours and did not live more than six months a year in Spain – and was therefore not a resident under tax law.

The statement said: "Shakira has always fulfilled her tax duties in all those countries in which she has worked, including in the period between 2011 and 2014.

"She followed the opinions and precise recommendations of her advisers, who are top-level professionals from one of the biggest companies in the world."

Daily Star has contacted Shakira's spokesman for comment.

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