Jia Liang

  On November 22, the taxation department of Hangzhou City, Zhejiang Province announced the results of the penalties for tax evasion that will be imposed on network anchors Zhu Chenhui and Lin Shanshan.

Due to tax evasion, the two will be subject to tax recovery, additional late fees and fines of 65,553,100 yuan and 27,672,500 yuan respectively.

The amount of tax evasion is so large that it shocks the public; the penalties are so severe that it has issued a strong warning to the anchors and goods industry: webcasting is not a tax gray area, and paying taxes in accordance with the law is the obligation of every citizen, and tax evasion cannot be evaded by the tax authorities. Strict investigation will not escape the severe punishment of the law in the end.

  As a new industry, webcasting has developed rapidly in recent years.

But many popular anchors are glamorous in front of the camera, and while earning several million or tens of millions of dollars in annual income, they actually engage in tax evasion.

  In the early stage of the rise of each emerging industry, it is often accompanied by the problems of backward tax management practices, which has caused the emerging industries and their employees to become a vacuum zone in tax management.

The complex business forms, profit models, and labor relations in the Internet celebrity economy also bring challenges to taxation and other industry supervision.

The "Research Report on the Growth of Live Streaming E-commerce" shows that the scale of live broadcast users in my country continues to expand, and currently exceeds 630 million.

In the next 5 to 10 years, it is still a golden development period for webcasting.

It is imperative to increase taxation supervision over webcasting and its employees, create a fair and competitive tax environment, and promote the long-term, standardized and healthy development of the entertainment industry.

  From the details of the case announced by the Inspection Bureau of the Hangzhou Taxation Bureau, as well-known anchors, Zhu Chenhui and Lin Shanshan did not know how to pay taxes, nor did they cherish the opportunity for comprehensive tax management, self-examination and self-correction in the entertainment field. Instead, they deliberately stole it in various ways. tax evasion.

According to investigations, between 2019 and 2020, the two established a sole proprietorship enterprise and made a fictitious business to convert personal wages and salaries and labor remuneration into the operating income of the sole proprietorship, and evaded personal income tax.

Behind the tax evasion of the two anchors, there was a "superior" planning operation.

Be smart and take a chance, but in the end you have to show your feet.

The Internet is not a place outside the law, so don’t play peekaboo games with the law.

  Yesterday, the two anchors involved in the case issued apology letters respectively, stating that they would promptly pay taxes, pay fines and late fees, and suspend live streaming in the live broadcast room for standardization and rectification.

According to reports, it was precisely because the parties took the initiative to pay part of the tax before the facts of the case were verified, and they took the initiative to mitigate the harmful consequences of illegal acts, etc., that the two persons were fined twice the amount of tax evasion, which reflects the fairness of the law. And appropriateness is also conducive to the standardized development of emerging formats such as webcasting.

  For Internet celebrity anchors, it is necessary not only to pay taxes, but also to make up for tax awareness; for regulatory agencies, while recovering taxes, they must also speed up the loopholes in tax evasion.

Since the beginning of this year, the regulatory authorities have made frequent attempts to combat tax evasion.

The State Administration of Taxation has issued a notice requesting that individual studios and enterprises established by celebrity artists and webcasters regularly conduct tax inspections of "double random, one open".

  No matter how popular network anchors are, they cannot cross the legal red line.

The state encourages the emergence and development of new industries and formats such as webcasting, but no matter how new or popular, they must advance on the track of the legal system.