Disappeared Chinese star Fan Bingbing ordered to pay $129M over taxes

Disappeared Chinese star Fan Bingbing ordered to pay $129M over taxes

Disappeared Chinese star Fan Bingbing ordered to pay $129M over taxes

The 37-year-old actress, whose June disappearance touched off wild speculation about her whereabouts, has appeared in the X-Men and Iron Man film franchises, attracting more than 62 million online followers in China.

Fan Bingbing is seen at the premiere of the film I Am Not Madame Bovary at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival.

She wrote in a letter: "There would be no Fan Bingbing were it not for the good policies of the party and the state, and the loving care from the public", Fan wrote. However her agent is being held on suspicion of criminal activity and the tax authorities said he obstructed their investigation, Xinhua reported.

According to Xinhua's report, Fan and her studio were notified on Sunday that they must pay back taxes totaling 288 million yuan, as well as fines amounting to 596 million yuan.

Screening of the film "Ash Is Purest White" (Jiang hu er nv) in competition - Red Carpet Arrivals - Cannes, France, May 11, 2018.

Fan has not been seen in public since July 1st and had last posted on her personal Weibo account on June 2nd, one day before the State Administration of Taxation announced that it was opening up an investigation into her tax filings.


Since then, the government has been mum about the actress, who is known to American audiences for her roles the X-Men franchise and other films and has been a regular on worldwide red carpets.

The actress and singer, who has starred in dozens of films and TV shows, had been booked to appear with Penelope Cruz in the film 355 and landed a role in Air Strike, which stars Bruce Willis.

She said she accepted the tax authorities' decision and would "try my best to overcome all difficulties and raise funds to pay back taxes and fines".

According to a brief report on the matter from Xinhua, Fan has agreed to repay the tax owed along with any fines. I have failed the support of my country, the trust of society, and the love of my devoted fans! For these violations, the Jiangsu Tax Bureau is fining Fan and her legal representative 880 million yuan. The practice refers to celebrities who sign two contracts: one with their actual salary and another with a lower figure that is submitted to tax authorities.

A talk show host, Cui Yongyuan, said in May that Fan had such an arrangement, which allegedly facilitates tax evasion, and revealed details that sparked a public outcry.

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