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  1. Ai Weiwei slapped with 15m yuan tax-evasion bill

    Posted Nov 02nd 2011, 12:00am

    ... by the authorities,' Pu said. 'The whole matter is ridiculous because so far there is no evidence to show that the [firm] is involved in tax evasion. And there is also a lack of an open and fair hearing ... The authorities later accused Ai of 'economic crimes' including tax evasion, but he was released on bail from police custody in June. Beijing authorities held a closed tax-evasion hearing ...

  2. Ai Weiwei out on bail, 'admits tax evasion'

    Posted Jun 23rd 2011, 12:00am

    ... Staff Reporters Artist-activist Ai Weiwei was released on bail last night, with police saying it was because he had confessed to tax evasion and was suffering from chronic illness. The decision was also made 'in consideration of the fact that Ai has repeatedly said he is willing to pay the taxes he evaded', Xinhua quoted police in Beijing as saying. Ai was granted bail ...

  3. US tax authority to target offshore banks in new crackdown on evasion

    Posted Jun 12th 2011, 12:00am

    ... John Carney john.carney@scmp.com The US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) plans to move against 'one or more banks' in its crackdown on offshore tax evasion this summer. Steven ... taxpayers living outside of the US.' $780m The is the amount, in US dollars, Swiss bank UBS paid US authorities to avoid prosecution for aiding tax evaders in 2009 ...

  4. Glencore denies tax evasion over mine in Zambia

    Posted May 13th 2011, 12:00am

    ... filed a complaint to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development accusing Glencore of tax evasion in the poor African country between 2003 and 2008. But chief executive Ivan ... to avoid tax. Their report, based on an audit international accounting firm Grant Thornton prepared for the Zambian government, alleged there was an unexplained US$380 million increase in operating ...


    Posted May 21st 2011, 12:00am

    ... Shi Jiangtao jiangtao.shi@scmp.com Beijing last night said a company controlled by artist Ai Weiwei was found to have been involved in tax evasion and deliberately destroying evidence, ... to seven years in prison for the tax evasion charge against his firm. But it was the second allegation of destroying evidence that signalled real trouble, Liu said. Ai was picked up on April ...

  6. Taxman chasing Ai for 12m yuan, lawyer says

    Posted Jun 29th 2011, 12:00am

    ... or whether he could even afford to pay. Lawyer Pu Zhiqiang confirmed yesterday he would represent FAKE Design in the tax-evasion case. He said his client would consider seeking an administrative ... Ai was taken away at Beijing Capital International Airport on April 3, Xinhua said he was being investigated on suspicion of economic crimes such as tax evasion and of deliberately destroying ...

  7. New twist in Ai Weiwei's tax battle

    Posted Nov 15th 2011, 12:00am

    ... bill, saying it was a ploy to force him to pay up and effectively admit tax evasion. The Beijing tax bureau told Ai, co-designer of the iconic 'Bird's Nest' National Stadium ... the authorities' backhanded way of coercing him into paying the bill and effectively admitting tax evasion- a charge he denies. For the sake of clearing his name, Ai said he would not give up his fight, ...

  8. Ai Weiwei 'forced to pay' cash guarantee

    Posted Nov 16th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Verna Yu verna.yu@scmp.com Dissident artist Ai Weiwei says he was coerced into depositing an 8.45 million yuan (HK$10.4 million) guarantee with the tax authorities to avoid being jailed ... accounts. Ai said he was reluctant to comply, as he feared that was a ploy to force him to pay up before the appeal and would amount to an admission of tax evasion- a charge he denies. Yesterday, ...

  9. Calls for government to cut wealth gap ignore reality

    Posted Dec 04th 2011, 12:00am

    ... card. The basic question remains unanswered. Just how will government do it? Tax them, you say. Very well, but salaries tax last year brought in only 12 per cent of fiscal revenue and almost all of it was already paid by people in the very highest income brackets. If we raised their tax rate to, let's say, 30 per cent, we might get a tiny bit more revenue but mostly we would get the rich ...

  10. Lawyer offers to assist Ai Weiwei

    Posted May 22nd 2011, 12:00am

    ... Choi Chi-yuk Chiyuk.choi@scmp.com The family of detained artist and activist Ai Weiwei have not decided whether to hire a lawyer to prepare for possible charges of tax evasion, although a lawyer friend is ready to help. Xinhua reported on Friday that Beijing Fake Cultural Development- a company allegedly controlled by Ai- was suspected of 'huge tax evasion ...




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