Shakira has been charged with tax evasion in Spain

The Colombian singer is alleged to have avoided £13 million in tax

Colombian singer Shakira has been charged with tax evasion in Spain.

The singer is alleged to have avoided €14.5m (£13 million) in tax by saying that she lived in the Bahamas when she actually resided in Catalonia, Spain.

Shakira moved to Barcelona from the Bahamas in 2015 where she lives with her partner, Barcelona footballer  Gerard Piqué.

However, prosecutors are claiming that the star was already living in Spain between 2012 and 2014, saying that she should have paid tax on her income for that time in Spain.

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The news comes just eleven months after the Spanish authorities announced an investigation into Shakira’s tax status. It will be left to a judge now to decide if there is enough evidence for Shakira to face trial.

Shakira’s representatives have told the Associated Press that they have no immediate comment to make about the claims.

Last year, Shakira was also implicated in the ‘Paradise Papers’ – a leaked investigation into tax evasion. A Guardian report highlighted a number of other celebrities involved in the investigation.

The Paradise Papers consisted of 1.4 terabytes of documents and come directly from the company registries of 19 tax havens and two offshore service providers.