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Shakira switched residences from the Bahamas to Barcelona. Photo: PA

Shakira switched residences from the Bahamas to Barcelona. Photo: PA

Shakira switched residences from the Bahamas to Barcelona. Photo: PA

Spanish prosecutors have charged pop star Shakira with tax evasion, alleging she failed to pay more than €14.5m between 2012 and 2014. The Colombian singer denied the charges.

The charges published yesterday allege that Shakira listed the Bahamas as her official residence for tax purposes during those years but was in fact living in Spain with her partner, Barcelona and Spain soccer star Gerard Pique.

Tax rates are much lower in the Bahamas than in Spain.

Shakira said in a statement through her representatives that she was not a legal resident in Spain during the years in question and owed nothing to the Spanish tax authorities, who are using her "as a scapegoat" to frighten other taxpayers into coming clean.

Prosecutors in Barcelona said Shakira's travel abroad was for short periods because of professional commitments, while most of the year she stayed in Spain. Shakira officially moved to Spain in 2015.

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