Hefty tax bill for Ai Weiwei

Ai Weiwei - allegedly owes nearly 3 million in taxes

Ai Weiwei has received a 15 million yuan tax bill (that’s approximately NZ$2,940,000) from the Beijing Local Taxation Bureau.  He has 15 days to make the payment or faces a return to jail.  Ai observes: “It’s a game they play all the time … They needed an excuse to take me away for 81 days.”  All of the artist’s accounting documents were seized during his detainment earlier this year and have yet to be returned.  Despite this, Ai’s lawyer Pu Zhiqiang says they will challenge the demand.

Hefty tax bill for Ai Weiwei

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