Zhang Heng, ex-partner and agent of actress Zheng Shuang, was fined 32.27 million yuan on Monday for assisting Zheng in avoiding paying tax of over 40 million yuan.
The Shanghai Municipal Tax Service under the State Taxation Administration discovered during the inspection of Zheng's tax evasion case that Zhang, as her agent,
was responsible for the signing of Zheng's performing contracts for the TV series A Chinese Ghost Story in December 2018,
through which he assisted Zheng in tax evasion of over 40 million yuan, according to an official statement published on Monday.
According to the Shanghai Municipal Tax Service,
Zhang and the producer of the TV series discussed the split of Zheng's salary and the way to receive it, and planned the details of the operation.
Of the 160 million yuan wage, 108 million yuan was paid by the producer to Zheng's company in the form of "capital increase."
Later, in the process of payment, Zhang repeatedly called the producer for payment, concealed the sky-high pay and helped Zheng evade tax.
"Considering that Zhang was one of the whistleblowers in Zheng's tax evasion case,
he was fined 0.75 times the amount of tax evasion, totaling 32.27 million yuan," explained the Shanghai Taxation Bureau.
最终对张恒处以逃税金额0.75倍的罚款，共计3227万元 。”上海税务局解释道 。
Earlier in August, Zheng was ordered to pay 299 million yuan in fines, taxes and penalties for tax evasion,
a move which observers said was aimed at tightening tax supervision with high-income celebrities and ensuring tax fairness for society.