A list of delinquent taxpayers who owe large sums and habitual tax evaders owing billions in taxes has been revealed.
Some were enjoying luxurious lifestyles in posh apartments despite claiming to have no money to pay taxes.
The list also included well-known entrepreneurs, as well as the children of Yoo Byung-eun.
Jung Joo-hee has more.
Bank checks and jewelry worth millions of won were discovered in the home of a delinquent taxpayer who claims to have no money to pay taxes after his home was raided by authorities.
This is the home of another delinquent taxpayer who even faked his divorce to avoid paying taxes in the neighborhood of 3 billion won.
<Delinquent taxpayer B > “(Open the door, please.) I won’t open the door.”
The safe was searched and there were bundles of 50,000 won bills and three gold bars.
The National Tax Service revealed the list of delinquent taxpayers who owed more than 200 million won in taxes for over a year.
There are about 21,000 people, including individuals and corporations, and the taxes overdue for them alone sum up to 11.4 trillion won.
Former Chairman of Hyoja Engineering and Construction Yoo Ji-yang had the highest amount of overdue taxes at 44.7 billion won. He has been convicted of inheritance tax evasion, while former Chairman of Daewoo Group Kim Woo-jung was third on the list with 36.9 won in unpaid taxes.
Also, the three children of Yoo Byung-eun, including Yoo Som-na, owed 11.5 billion won in taxes, and as for celebrities, singer Koo Chang-mo and actress Kim Hye-sun had about 400 million won in overdue taxes.
Among corporations, Kored Housing, which is a housing supplier, was in first place on the list with 52.6 billion won in overdue taxes.
The money collected and seized by the National Tax Service through asset tracking until October was 1.6 trillion won.
A significant number of delinquent taxpayers are refusing to pay despite being capable of paying taxes.
<Choi Jeong-wook / Commissioner of Collection and Legal Affairs Bureau at the National Tax Service> “We shall request travel bans on delinquent taxpayers to minimize the possibilities of hiding assets overseas and delinquent taxpayers hiding their assets will be criminally prosecuted.”
The National Tax Service encouraged people to report any hidden assets of delinquent taxpayers offering rewards of up to 2 billion won.
Jung Joo-hee reporting for Yonhap News TV.
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