It seems times are about to get taxing for Chinese stars. After Fan Bingbing was fined a whopping 883 million yuan (S$176 million) for tax evasion in October, rumours are rife that some 17 Chinese stars, most of whom are A-listers, have been reportedly hauled in for questioning by the Chinese government and enlisted into this “self-check tax repayment” group, where they would have to make good on their unpaid taxes. It's said that a total of 551 individuals from the entertainment industry are in the group, and they include not just celebrities but directors, producers, scriptwriters, promo executives and designers as well.
Rumour also has it that a male star was so distraught during his talk with officials that he “burst into tears” in the meeting room. Also, none of the stars who have been named as part of this group have denied or admitted to the allegations.
While earlier reports have stated that the targets for the investigation were entertainment companies with revenues over 5 million yuan and owned by celebrities, it seems the scope has since broadened. Now, companies who are valued over 200,000 yuan have also received the call.