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Analysts now believe Ms Fan could be the victim of a government crackdown on “yin yang contracts” – a form of tax evasion in the entertainment industry in which large fees are hidden from official records.
“Maybe this is just scaring folk to ... start paying taxes. If someone were to get busted, then I think it would send a ripple effect to how film production goes forward in the coming years.”
One of the apparent contracts showed an official salary of $1.6 million, according to CNBC. The other indicated she had received unofficial additional payments of $7.8 million.
The star, who turned 37 on Sunday, topped Forbes’ China rich list for entertainers last year, with earnings estimated to be more than $43 million.