The National Taxation Bureau of the Southern Area posted a public announcement on its Web site on July 1 that listed people in its administrative area owing the most in back taxes for the 2014 tax year, including individual back taxes of NT$10 million (US$ 332,640) or more and NT$50 million or more for profit-seeking enterprises. The 69 cases included in the public announcement comes out to NT$5.57 billion in back taxes.
The bureau says that the number of cases to be publicly announced this year was originally 70. However, one individual whose back taxes met the public announcement standard of NT$10 million hurried to pay NT$3 million the week before the announcement was made, keeping back taxes owed below the threshold and exempting the individual from the plight of being included in the public announcement.
Issuing a public list of people who owe back taxes and the amount they owe is a very effective way of getting people to pay back taxes, the bureau says. The bureau started making public announcements of the number of back tax cases and how much is owed in 2010, with 136 cases and NT$11.4 billion owed that year. Since then the number of people who owe back taxes and the amount owed have gradually decreased each year. The number of cases and the total amount owed this year was nearly half what it was four years ago.
Among those on the list this year, the highest amount in individual back taxes is owed by a family surnamed Wei (NT$770 million), which consists of inheritance taxes and gift taxes. Although this is for individual back taxes, the taxes were actually accumulated by 13 people within the Wei family. The family also owed the most in back taxes in 2010, when the bureau first began publicly announcing who owed the most back taxes. At the time more than NT$690 million was owed. Members of the Wei family have been arrested and taken into custody because they owe back taxes. Despite paying more than NT$70 million in back taxes over the years, fees for belated payments and interest have caused the amount of back taxes owed to increase instead of decrease.
1. enterprise n.
事業；企業；公司 (shi4 ye4; qi3 ye4; gong1 si1)
例: The new enterprise went bankrupt in less than a year.
2. threshold n.
門檻 (men2 kan3)
例: The number of minorities in the town crossed the 40 percent threshold last year.
3. exempt v.
排除；免除 (pai2 chu2; mian3 chu2)
例: The teacher exempted her from taking the final exam because she had the highest grades in the class.
Among the profit-seeking enterprises, Shunchang Gold and Silver Co owed the most in back taxes. The company owed a total NT$580 million in profit-seeking enterprise income tax, business tax and liquidation tax.
(Liberty Times, Translated by Kyle Jeffcoat)