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More than 100 in the dock over tax-related crimes

(Shanghai Daily)

08:38, October 23, 2012

MORE than 100 people were charged with tax-related crimes during the first six months of this year on Chongming Island, indicating that the number of such misdeeds, including buying and selling fake receipts and reselling value-added tax receipts, is soaring in the city as a whole, Chongming County prosecutors said yesterday.

The prosecutors said they had caught 102 suspects in 76 tax-related cases in the first half of this year in Chongming alone. Overall figures for the city were not available.

More than 3 million yuan (US$479,647) in taxes was evaded with the use of fake receipts in Chongming, prosecutors revealed.

A suspect, surnamed Lu, was caught in April after police received a tip that he was selling fake taxi receipts to unlicensed cabbies at a local construction material market.

Police seized 65 stacks of fake receipts (each stack contained 100 fake receipts with a face value of 10 yuan (US$1.6) from Lu. Lu said he bought each stack at 5 yuan from an out-of-town man several years ago and sold them to unlicensed cabbies, so they could give them to passengers who asked for receipts.

Of all tax-related crimes on the island, cases in which suspects resold real VAT receipts so as to avoid tax payment were the highest and showed a rising trend. But prosecutors didn't specify their percentage.

In one case, 16 people were arrested and charged with using VAT receipts to avoid tax payment totaling more than 30,000 yuan. Most of them did individual computer-related business and purchased the receipts from an agent.
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