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Tax Avoidance and Tax Evasion

Ai Weiwei 'forced to pay' cash guarantee

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 over a big tax bill that he says is retaliation for his criticism of the central government.

Wednesday, 16 November, 2011, 12:00am

New twist in Ai Weiwei's tax battle

Dissident artist Ai Weiwei yesterday lashed out at Beijing tax authorities for hindering his efforts to appeal against his 15 million yuan (HK$18.36 million) tax bill, saying it was a ploy to force him to pay up and effectively admit tax evasion.

15 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Ai Weiwei slapped with 15m yuan tax-evasion bill

Dissident artist Ai Weiwei says Beijing's tax office has demanded he pay 15 million yuan (HK$18.3 million) in back taxes and fines, in what he says is a reprisal for his criticism of the Communist Party.

2 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Taxman chasing Ai for 12m yuan, lawyer says

Artist-activist Ai Weiwei is being pursued for more than 12 million yuan (HK$14.4 million) in unpaid taxes and fines, according to a lawyer and friend.

Liu Xiaoyuan said Beijing's tax office had issued a notice to the FAKE Design company, where Ai's wife, Lu Qing , serves as legal representative, to pay the amount.

29 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Ai Weiwei out on bail, 'admits tax evasion'

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.

23 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Lawyer offers to assist Ai Weiwei

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.

22 May 2011 - 12:00am


Beijing last night said a company controlled by artist Ai Weiwei was found to have been involved in tax evasion and deliberately destroying evidence, signalling a possible harsh punishment awaiting the internationally renowned activist.

21 May 2011 - 12:00am

Raise wages, cut taxes to boost consumption

For the past few years, Beijing has vowed to boost domestic consumption as a key engine of economic growth but achieved little success. The economy is mainly powered by investments and exports, to the increasing dismay of Washington and Brussels.

17 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

15 months' jail for evading HK$2m tax bill

Businessman Yu Hin-man was jailed for 15 months and fined HK$1.306 million yesterday for evading more than HK$2 million in taxes. The District Court heard Yu, 49, sole proprietor of Hin Lee Plastic Silk Screen Printing Adv. Co, told his part-time accountant to inflate the value of purchases. He also fabricated invoices and delivery orders to cover up the inflated values.

12 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Businessman faces tax evasion charges

A businessman yesterday faced 11 charges in the District Court of evading profits tax. Yu Hin-man, 48, the proprietor of Hin Lee Plastic Silk Screen Printing, a plastic and silk-screen printing firm, denied evading HK$2.6 million in tax by inflating expenditures. The prosecution alleged that Yu overstated purchases from 1994 to 1998.

13 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Tax evader to be sentenced today

A former deputy director of the Hong Kong Management Association who admitted evading more than HK$201,000 in taxes will be sentenced today in District Court. Lau Tai-fai, 58, pleaded guilty on July 31 to six charges of tax evasion between 1997 and 2002.

15 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Firm's ex-president jailed for tax evasion

The former president of a consultancy company, who evaded HK$350,000 in tax by not reporting more than HK$2 million in profit, was jailed for seven months and fined HK$556,000 yesterday. The sentence was suspended for three years.

3 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Many happy returns for a new career

Despite negative perceptions, the taxman has an exciting job

23 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

All In A Day's Work: Tracking tax dodgers

Detective work is all part of Connie Chan Fung-kuen's job as senior tax assessor in the Field Audit and Investigation Unit at the Inland Revenue Department.

My group deals with tax avoidance cases. I lead a section that consists of four teams of officers, and I'm responsible for the planning and control of work.

23 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Tse Sui Luen returns to the black after boosting mainland venture

Tse Sui Luen Jewellery, which has 133 outlets in the mainland and Hong Kong, posted a full-year net profit of HK$55.6 million, reversing the loss a year ago when it made a tax provision following investigations of company executives over alleged tax evasion and corruption.

19 Jun 2007 - 12:00am