Shakira is firing back at Spanish prosecutors, claiming she’s the victim of a smear campaign and has the receipts to prove it.
The singer filed legal docs Friday in Spain, answering allegations she failed to pay more than $14 million in taxes for income earned from 2012 through 2014.
Shakira says during that period, she was NOT a resident of Spain. According to the laws of the country, she’s required to pay taxes if she spends 183 days or more there in a single year.
She says during the period in question, she actually paid $10,141,075 in taxes to the U.S. government — this is the time when she appeared as a coach on “The Voice.” She says she was not in Spain for the requisite period of time — 183 days.
Prosecutors are seeking an 8-year prison sentence and a $24 million fine if she’s convicted in the upcoming trial, but she says in new legal docs she’s paid more than $90 mil to Spain’s version of Uncle Sam.