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VIA, China’s “queen of live broadcasts”, was heavily fined for taxes

VIA, China's "queen of live broadcasts", was heavily fined for taxes

Chinese tax authorities announced Monday that VIA, the Chinese influencer who has been described in China as the “queen of live broadcasts,” has been fined 1.34 billion yuan (840 million PLN) for tax evasion.

The tax office in the southern Chinese city of Hangzhou said an internet celebrity, whose real name is Huang Wei, was punished for concealing income and other crimes committed in 2019 and 2020.

She apologized for her actions. – I am very sorry for breaking tax laws and regulations. I fully agree with the punishment imposed on me by the tax authorities – I wrote on the Weibo social network.

Influencers targeted by Beijing

Viya, 36, is known for selling products and services via live broadcasts on the Taobao Live trading platform. She and other powerful people have been targeted by Beijing’s crackdown on monopolistic practices, tax crimes and online celebrity culture.

In September, the Chinese Government Tax Office issued a statement announcing measures to strengthen tax supervision in the entertainment industry, including among followers to live.

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Chinese platforms under supervision

Last month, measures were announced against two influential people, who were eventually fined nearly 100 million yuan (64.5 million PLN) – Reuters reports.

The Chinese Communist government prevents citizens from accessing Western social networks such as Facebook and Twitter. On the other hand, Chinese platforms are under strict censorship, and any content deemed malicious or dangerous to the authorities is subject to censorship.

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