International popstar Shakira is in more hot water with the Spanish government. The singer has been charged with tax evasion. Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll’s, known as Shakira, tax problems started because of where she was claiming her residency. Shakira claimed she was living in the Bahamas from 2011 through 2014, but Spanish authorities say the singer was residing in Spain. The authorities say this allowed Shakira to forgo paying millions of dollars in taxes. Spanish authorities say Shakira owes more than 14.5 million euros ($16.4 million U.S. dollars) in unpaid taxes and are trying to hold her criminally responsible for the unpaid taxes because she took steps to conceal her residency.
Under Spanish law, if you spend at least a half a year and a day in Spain, you are considered a Spanish tax resident and you are subject to tax on all worldwide income.