In a ruling obtained by CNN, the investigating judge stated that there is “sufficient evidence” to try Shakira’s suspected tax evasion in 2012, 2013 and 2014.
Judge Marco Jesus Juberias wrote that Shakira has lived in Spain for more than 200 days in each of these three years, so she is responsible for paying taxes in that country. Juberias stated that in the investigation, the Spanish tax agency and Shakira’s lawyers have been arguing about the meaning of “primary residence” so far.
Spanish media reported that Shakira’s team argued that her main residence was in the Bahamas. But the local media also stated that she has a home in the Barcelona area and has two children with her long-time partner, Barcelona football defender Gerard Pique.
The judge wrote in the Esplugues de Llobregat court that Shakira and a financial adviser (also mentioned in the ruling) used a series of companies in offshore tax havens to try to conceal her source of income during those years.
The singer’s representative responded to the ruling in a statement on Thursday: “This is an expected step in the process. The legal team maintains the trust and cooperation with the Ministry of Justice and will not make any further comments on this matter.”
The ruling date was July 20, and the judge gave the parties 10 working days to submit other arguments, including arguments for shelving the case.
Madrid tax consultant Beatrice Garcia told CNN on Thursday that Spanish tax laws stipulate that anyone who has lived in Spain for at least six months and one day (or 183 days) in a given year is responsible for paying taxes in Spain.