Facebook, LINE Vendors Face Tax Evasion Charges

Taiwan National Taxation Bureau
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Taiwan’s National Taxation Bureau said that it has filed 158 cases of tax evasion against vendors using LINE,  Facebook, and other apps, with the total penalties and back taxes reaching NT$56.69 million (US$1.87 million), UDN reported.

The bureau has received multiple reports of tax evasion by vendors using mobile communication apps and has begun investigating more thoroughly.

Taxation Bureau Secretary-General Tsai Pi-chen (蔡碧珍) said that between April and July of this year, authorities have investigated 158 cases of tax evasion via online networks. Among those cases, the unpaid business tax totaled NT$28.29 million, and the bureau fined the companies an additional NT$28.4 million.

Tsai noted out that in order to curb the use of mobile communication apps or online forums to sell goods or services to avoid taxes, the Taxation Bureau will utilize Internet tax records and strengthen the inspection of Internet sales behavior to maintain tax fairness.

Sales of products through unofficial online channels, such as Facebook and LINE, is in violation of section 44 of the Tax Collection Act.

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