Colombian singer Shakira has not paid taxes for three years, now she faces a fine at best, and a prison sentence at worst.
The pop star owes more than $17 million in unpaid taxes to the Spanish treasury. The official place of residence of the singer is a residence in Panama. Shakira spent three years, from 2012 to 2014, in Spain and evaded tax obligations. According to Spanish law, any citizen who has been living in the country for more than 6 months is obliged to pay taxes to the state budget.
After a three-year investigation, the prosecutor's office filed a lawsuit against Shakira for the recovery of $17 million. If the court recognizes the fact of committing tax crimes, she will have to go to prison. However, due to the lack of criminal records in the biography of the singer, the court can mitigate the punishment and impose a fine.