After her surrogacy scandal in January, Chinese actress Zheng Shuang (鄭爽) is found to have also committed tax fraud. After half a year of investigation, authorities fined the actress for 299 million Chinese yuan for tax fraud. The 30-year-old admitted her mistake, and will be paying all fines within the deadline.
Zheng Shuang is considered one of the four most successful post-1995 Chinese actresses alongside Yang Mi (楊冪), Cecilia Liu Shishi (劉詩詩), and Zanilia Zhao Liying (趙麗穎). However, Zheng Shuang’s career was destroyed by her surrogacy scandal after her ex-boyfriend Zhang Heng (張恒) revealed she left behind two surrogate children in the United States.
Furthermore, it was also Zhang Heng who exposed Zheng Shuang for signing a yin-yang contract, which he is currently being investigated as an accomplice. Although Zheng Shuang reported income of only CNY 48 million for A Chinese Ghost Story <倩女幽魂>, she had actually pocketed CNY 160 million.
The Shanghai tax department determined that Zheng Shuang failed to declare personal income of CNY 191 million from 2019 to 2020 time frame. She had evaded taxes of CNY 45 million and other underpaid taxes of CNY 26.5 million. In accordance with the law, she was charged a late fee and fined a total amount of CNY 299 million.
Zheng Shuang’s Apology Statement
Apologizing on social media, Zheng Shuang said she will pay all the fines within the deadline. “I regret what I did and feel guilty at the moment,” she wrote. Explaining that she struggles with financial knowledge and legal awareness, Zheng Shuang will accept the penalties given by the taxation department.
Learning her lesson, Zheng Shuang will strictly abide by the law in the future to avoid disappointing her fans. “This lesson will definitely serve as a wake up call for me to grow up. I need to be a law-abiding citizen, and have higher expectations for myself. I will not back away from responsibility and face my mistakes bravely. I hope everyone will continue to push and watch over me!”
Zheng Shuang’s Acting Career Has Been Frozen
The National Radio and Television Administration (NRTA) released the article “Violations of Law and Regulations Related to Artists and Organizations” on their official website. The article states that they have zero tolerance towards tax evasion cases, and that shady contracts violate laws and regulations which impact the social fairness within the industry.
As a result, Zheng Shuang’s dramas and televisions have been banned, including Swords of Legends <古劍奇譚> with William Chan (陳偉霆) and Yang Mi (楊冪), and LOVE O2O <微微一笑很傾城> with Yang Yang (楊洋).
After Fan Bingbing‘s (范冰冰) tax fraud scandal in 2018, Zheng Shuang is the second Chinese artist fined for tax evasion with an amount surpassing CNY 100 million.
This article is written by Hailey for JayneStars.com.