Chinese Government Cracks Down on Celebrity Salaries

Communist nation is working hand in hand with its growing film market to ensure tax revenue and to curb private fortunes

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The Chinese government is cracking down on how much the country’s celebrities make. China’s largest video sites signed a pledge this past weekend promising not to pay performers more than 1 million yuan ($145,000) per episode and 50 million yuan ($7.25 million) for an entire season of a series.

The letter also promises to enforce government directives about how much actors can get paid. These new guidelines state that pay for actors cannot total more than 40 percent of a total budget.

Also, an individual actor cannot take home more than 70 percent of the money given to the entire cast.

Signees on the letter include Huayi Brothers Media, Bona Film Group, Jackie Chan’s Talent International, Le Vision, and many others.

China’s new guidelines and partnership with these companies in cracking down on artists’ pay follows reports over the summer of tax dodging by Chinese actors. In that scenario, they would sign “official” contracts for the government and “unofficial” contracts for the real amount they would get paid — which they would then sometimes move out of the country.

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Actress Fan Bingbing (pictured at the top of this article) was rumored to be a major star (she is the highest-paid actress in the country) who is dodging Chinese taxes, though this is not confirmed. The actress, however, has been missing from social media for weeks; she’s also disappeared from promotional materials for the Chinese production “Unbreakable Spirit.”

This has led some to speculate the Chinese government may have banned her from acting.

The Chinese film market has grown at an incredible rate in recent years. Many films now make more money in China than they do in the U.S.

Hmm, think about it: A government dictates what private companies can pay individuals. It bans people from acting, and it coordinates with private companies to make sure people get more money in taxes.

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