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Internet Responds with Memes to Shakira’s Tax Fraud Controversy

Columbian singer Shakira has found herself entangled with Spanish authorities over alleged tax fraud. According to reports, the artist rejected a settlement offer from the Spanish Tax Agency, resulting in prosecutors asking to imprison her. If convicted, Shakira could face up to 8 years in jail and a 23 million EUR fine. The news created a lot of buzz on social media, with most users joking around by sharing memes.

Tax Fraud Cannot Keep Shakira in Jail

Shakira’s fans quickly jumped to defend their queen against the tax fraud allegations. Many had some spicy words for the colonial Spanish government. They did not like the idea of imprisoning Shakira for not paying taxes while the corrupt elite roamed freely. Fans love Shakira so much that they do not care about her not paying the government. Instead of grieving, they shared how they would break her out of prison if she was convicted.

Putting Songs to Good Use

Shakira’s 2005 hit song “Hips Don’t Lie” had never been used so accurately before. Viewers making fun of the whole situation wondered whether Shakira’s hips would get called to the witness stand.

Given the singer’s flawless dancing skills, users also suggested she used those slick moves to distract law enforcement from convicting her in tax fraud case.

What is the Story?

The Spanish authorities accused Shakira of 15 million EUR tax fraud from 2012 to 2014. According to reports, the superstar was living in Spain during that time. She bought a house in Barcelona in 2012, where she lived with her ex-partner footballer Gerard Pique. Both welcomed their son in 2013 in the same place. She recently broke up with Pique after finding out that he cheated on her, for which Barcelona’s defender was heavily trolled on social media.

She was charged with tax evasion in 2018 despite claiming that she did not live in Spain then. According to rules, anyone staying in Spain for more than 6 months is considered a resident and is liable to pay tax. Shakira claimed to have paid 17.2 million EUR in taxes after facing the accusations and currently owed no outstanding debt. Shakira’s representatives said she was “fully confident of her innocence” and took the entire development as a “violation of rights.”

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