Users like Hannah could directly apply for cash withdrawals from the platform for their income from live streaming, but the money was not pre-taxed and the anchor needed to declare taxes by themselves. But Hannah had never filed a tax return because she was reluctant to lose a large amount of income.
Now, the taxation department also came to her and she panicked all of a sudden, so she could only lie quickly and said, “Officer, you have also seen the situation in my family. There are indeed two paralyzed patients who need to be taken care of. There is an old woman who needs to be taken care of and I was really busy, so I didn’t take care of it…”
As she spoke, she had a flash of inspiration and quickly made up for herself, “You see, it didn’t take long for me to live broadcast the goods. The time, in total, is only a month or so. In fact, I planned to file tax returns as soon as I finish my busy days…”
The staff of the tax department knew that she must be lying but just as she said, it had only been more than a month since the live broadcast began.
If she said that she forgot, or was too busy to pay taxes for a while, the tax department would have no way to prove that she was deliberately evading taxes.
So, the tax officer gave her a step up, “We have indeed understood your situation and there are indeed some objective factors, so we will not investigate whether there is tax evasion. You only need to declare a tax return as soon as possible according to your actual income. That’s it.”
Hannah asked subconsciously, “What’s the tax rate for individual tax?”
The tax officer explained, “Your live delivery of goods belongs to labor service remuneration and labor service remuneration belongs to citizen’s comprehensive income so the tax rate is applicable from 3% to 45%. Since your amount has already reached the highest level, 45% is applicable.”
“Ah?” Hannah immediately cried, “45%… This… This is too much…”
The tax officer said seriously, “Paying personal income tax according to the law is the obligation of every citizen and our personal tax is not the highest in the world. The highest personal income tax in Japan is above 50% and in the United States it is also 45%!”
Hannah wanted to die, but she was able to get a clear picture of the situation at a critical moment.
She thought to herself, “Since my income has been exposed, paying taxes must be necessary. Those celebrities who evade taxes basically have no good end and I am surely going to be the same…”
“Besides, I am not having bad luck. After all, I had a short time to make money, so I can use it as an excuse that I forgot to pay taxes or have no time to pay taxes. Make up a reason for myself, otherwise, when the time comes, I will pay taxes and fines and the amount will only be even greater!”
At this point, Hannah could only nod honestly and said, “I am willing to pay taxes! I am willing to pay taxes! Wait for me to get out and I’ll pay the taxes immediately!”
At this time, she thought to herself, even if she cut off her income and paid the income tax, she still would have at least several million cash in hand. The fantasy of hundreds of millions and billions was much less, but a few million was enough for her to live by herself.
Seeing that her attitude was not bad, the tax officer gave her some advice and left.
At this time, Hannah, as if she had just escaped a catastrophe, slumped on the interrogation chair and let out a sigh of relief.
Seeing this, the police officer said in a cold voice, “Let me tell you something from the bottom of my heart. You should thank Elaine who exposed you. Today, by exposing you and letting you reign in the precipice, you will not make a big mistake!”