Chinese actress Zheng Shuang (鄭爽) has been plagued by negative press ever since news broke about her irresponsible behavior over her two surrogate children and messy relationship with ex-boyfriend Zhang Heng (張恆) earlier this year. Despite trying to salvage her image, Zheng Shuang’s character is further tarnished with recent allegations about her possible tax evasion.
In one of the many recordings released by Zhang Heng, Zheng Shuang was revealed to have been involved in a split contract, also known as a “yin yang contract,” whereby a studio submits one document to the tax department, but secretly pays the star significantly more money on a separate contract.
The incident purportedly occurred in 2019 when Zheng Shuang filmed A Chinese Ghost Story <倩女幽魂>. With the drama filming estimated to take 77 days, Zheng Shuang settled for a filming fee of 160 million RMB, and earned a daily pay rate of approximately 2 million RMB.
In response to this, Zheng Shuang posted a statement online, “The tax department is already verifying my contract, personal taxation, and all related financial documents. I am willing to accept and cooperate with all investigations. The results will be announced to the public. Thank you for everyone’s concern.”
Under the directive of China’s National Radio and Television Administration (NRTA), a formal investigation has been launched over the suspected tax violation in the filing of productions cost of the drama. The government stated that if illegal activities were unearthed, the guilty parties will be dealt with strictly.
This article is written by Huynh for JayneStars.com.