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No tax, no taxi: Taiwan tax evaders banned from cabs

The taxis' services will no longer be available to tax evaders, an official said Thursday, under "anti-extravagance" orders handed to several people who owe more than Tw$10 million ($331,000) in tax but have been found to be living in extravagant style. (AFP)

Taiwan has banned repeat tax evaders from engaging in activities considered wasteful, including taking taxis, an official said Thursday.

Several people who owe more than Tw$10 million ($331,000) in tax but have been found to be living in extravagant style have received "anti-extravagance" orders, said a justice ministry official.

"Since they owe the government a lot of money, they are banned from spending more than Tw$2,000 on a single purchase and using expensive transportation means such as taxis or high-speed trains," the official said.

The government will monitor the spending of the repeat evaders, he added, warning they could face detention if violating the order.

Taiwan last year adopted an "anti-extravagance" law on tax evaders due to a public outcry after a tycoon who owed about Tw$300 million in tax was found to be frequenting luxury boutiques.

The government last week unveiled the list of top tax evaders for the first time and encouraged the public to keep a close eye on them in a fresh bid to collect overdue tax.

 

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