Gov't collects millions in taxes from pigeon racing
CNATAIPEI -- The Control Yuan helped in the collection of some NT$220 million (US$7.42 million) in back taxes owed by pigeon racing operators, the government's top supervisory agency said yesterday.
September 19, 2013, 12:25 am TWN
A popular gambling activity, wagers can reach million of New Taiwan dollars per pigeon race, but the government was losing out on taxes from unregistered races until the Control Yuan stepped in, according to members Teresa J.C. Yin and Ma Shiow-ru.
After the agency urged action, police made 77 raids, discovering some NT$150 million of unreported earnings from the races, the Control Yuan said.
Tax authorities then recovered over NT$60 million that should have been paid in taxes, along with additional fines worth over NT$160 million.
Only one out of 108 pigeon racing clubs listed by the Council of Agriculture was legally registered, the Control Yuan added, citing a lack of guidance in the registration process from local governments.