Shakira Avoids Jail in $15 Million Tax Settlement to Focus on Family and Career

Shakira has accepted a settlement with Spanish prosecutors to close a $15 million tax evasion case and avoid imprisonment.

Shaki­ra has accept­ed a set­tle­ment with Span­ish pros­e­cu­tors to close a $15 mil­lion tax eva­sion case and avoid imprisonment. 

The Columbian singer will pay a $7.6 mil­lion fine and receive a sus­pend­ed three-year sen­tence to ded­i­cate time to her chil­dren and thriv­ing music career.

Shaki­ra admit­ted to six counts of tax fraud but denies liv­ing in Spain for over 183 days dur­ing 2012–2014 as claimed. She paid dis­put­ed tax­es before tri­al and now owes noth­ing fur­ther. The singer bat­tled author­i­ties for years over pur­su­ing high-pro­file celebri­ties through drain­ing legal processes.

While deny­ing alle­ga­tions, Shaki­ra chose to end lit­i­ga­tion stress­ing her fam­i­ly pri­or­i­ties. “Win­ning is get­ting my time back for my kids,” she said. The artist will con­cen­trate on oppor­tu­ni­ties ahead rather than con­tin­ue an emo­tion­al fight.

Though recent­ly charged for anoth­er $7 mil­lion 2018 tax eva­sion, Shaki­ra’s set­tle­ment ends one lengthy case. She can now avoid impris­on­ment and sole­ly focus on moth­er­hood and craft after a tumul­tuous peri­od includ­ing a rela­tion­ship split. The res­o­lu­tion allows Shaki­ra to leave trou­bles behind and ener­get­i­cal­ly move for­ward in both per­son­al and pro­fes­sion­al domains.

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