3 thoughts on “What Shakira’s tax evasion case means for expats in Spain”


    Interesting view of the current situation in Spain once the Tax Authority has initiated a strategy of investigating wealthy popular people, sometimes with the sole purpose of looking for impact on the popular thinking. The consequence is often violation of privacy, as most of these cases ends really in nothing as were started with little or inconsistent base.

  • mark@lawtonasia.co.th says:

    Many expats have failed to grasp the ramifications of the CRS. Only recently a British citizen who has lived full time in Spain for 14+ years and has substantial offshore assets insisted to me that he was not tax resident in Spain because he did not have a residents permit and paid tax on his pension in UK.

    The tax authorities are going to have a field day.

  • Spanish residents with overseas assets totaling over €50,000 are required by law to submit “Modelo 720” or face severe penalties. For far too long immigrants (often wealthy) have been living below the radar avoiding/evading paying tax by pretending not to be “resident” in Spain.

    Now the Spanish tax authority (Agencia Estatal de Administración Tributaria (AEAT), Agencia Tributaria) is tracking everyone who owns property in Spain (non-resident or resident) and who has not filed a tax return and asking for an explanation. And quite rightly they will prosecute some people – wealthy, famous or just average!

    No excuses. There is a huge amount of information on the web which defines “residency” and tax obligations in Spain

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