It has not been a good year at all for 30-year-old Chinese actress Zheng Shuang. Just months after her career-ending surrogacy scandal, she has been fined 299mil yuan (S$62mil) for evading taxes with the use of double contracts, or yin-yang contracts.
In 2018, Fan Bingbing was fined S$184mil and banned from appearing on TV for the same crime.
Zheng Shuang's tax evasion probe started after her ex-boyfriend, producer Zhang Heng, reported her to authorities in April.
Investigations have shown that she was paid 156mil yuan (S$32.5mil) for acting in 2019 series A Chinese Ghost Story, of which she only declared 48mil yuan (S$10mil).
It wasn't the only instance in which she made use of yin-yang contracts. According to reports, Zheng Shuang was also found to have under-declared 191mil yuan (S$39.81mil) in income from 2019 to 2020. As a result, the actress managed to evade 45.27mil yuan (S$9.4mil) in income taxes, along with 26.52mil yuan (S$5.5mil) in other taxes.