Ai Weiwei To Pay £1.5 Million In Tax

  • Posted 84 months Ago

The Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has been ordered to pay 15m yuan (1.5m) in tax by officials after being detained for almost three months this spring. After being released, Ai Weiwei told the Guardian that he did not owe any tax money, adding "It's a game they play all the time They needed an excuse to take me away for 81 days."

Ai said that the tax money was actually owed by Fake, a company that handled all of his affairs but is legally registered by his wife:

"I am a designer for the company; I am not the legal representative, nor the manager I never signed papers or made a deal or transferred money I was nothing to do with the accounting. They said I was the 'actual controlling person' of the company."