Celebrity Tax Troubles - Hips Don't Lie! Shakira under investigation for tax evasion

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Pop music star Shakira is under investigation in Spain for possible tax evasion during the three years before she officially moved to Barcelona, Spanish authorities said Tuesday. (Beautiful Liar)

Shakira switched residences in 2015 from the Bahamas to Barcelona, where she lives with her partner, Barca soccer player Gerard Pique, and the couple’s two sons.(Whenever, Wherever) (Yep, I'm using Shakira song titles to spice this up. May seem cheesy, but I'm having fun. Cut me some slack, please?)

Prosecutor Jose Miguel Company said the tax authorities referred the probe to the Barcelona prosecutor’s office in December. He said a decision on whether to press charges is expected by mid-June. (Inevitable)

Anna Forastier, a spokeswoman for auditing firm PwC, said the company has been hired by Shakira for the investigation. Forastier declined to disclose any details. (Objection)

The documents obtained by German daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung and investigated by Spanish news website El Confidencial showed that in 2009 Shakira had relocated her intellectual property rights and brands to a company based in Malta, the tiny European Union nation that has faced allegations of being a tax haven. (She Wolf)

Shakira and Pique’s relationship dates back to 2011 when Shakira started frequenting Barcelona. El Confidencial, citing papers it obtained from offshore services providers, reported that she listed the Bahamas as her official residence until 2015. (Gypsy)

If the probe finds wrongdoing, Shakira would engross a list of celebrities that have been in trouble with Spanish tax authorities, including footballers Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. (Deja Vu)

In November, Shakira canceled the first concerts to promote her 11th album, “El Dorado,” for what she said were medical reasons. The tour is scheduled to begin in June in Germany and then stop in nine more European countries before moving to the United States. (La Tortura) (Phew... We did it!)