PLANS to increase the taxes paid by Hong Kong pop stars performing in China could mean the end of big-name concerts within two years, according to the organiser of major mainland shows, Capital Artists' general manager Philip Chan. The Chinese Government's new tax scheme is an attempt to raise revenue from wealthy Hong Kong and Taiwanese singers who ''waltz off'' without paying tax on huge profits from mainland concerts, according to Beijing. But Hong Kong organisers of mainland concerts and the stars themselves are already losing big slices of performance profits through taxes, Mr Chan said. Performers staging concerts in China will now have to pay their own taxes in full, replacing the tax packages offered by many event organisers. ''While we have never had any real trouble in the past, it is already a complex system and taxes are high - there's entertainment tax, profit tax, gate income tax... ''Ticket prices are high and production costs are high. Sometimes the only thing we make from these concerts is experience, and the experience is more bad than good,'' said Mr Chan. ''If taxes are increased, it will stop people coming over from Hong Kong to China. In two years' time, if singers keep charging higher prices, if there isn't a better ticketing system and there is an increase in taxes, people will stop coming.'' Mr Chan spoke out as a star search contest was being held in Shanghai where he was one of the MCs. Ten contestants from Shanghai, Hong Kong and Guangdong were competing for a total of $60,000 in prize money in this first three-way singing contest. The four Hong Kong hopefuls had been tipped to dominate, but it was Shen Qun, from host city Shanghai, who walked away with the top $30,000 prize. Shanghai's Chen Xi came third, while Huang Lu of Guangdong was second. Making a special appearance was Cantopop star Aaron Kwok. While accepting the new tax structure, he called for proper tax structures to be set up for mainland performers. ''Taxes exist everywhere in the world and the new taxation policy is acceptable. However, it is important that the authorities should know exactly the objectives of the artists coming to the mainland. For example, some artists come to the mainland just to meet their fans and concerts are free of charge. In such a case, the artists earn nothing and, therefore, should not pay taxes,'' he said.