Artist Ai Weiwei (艾未未) said that he received a notice* from the Beijing Municipal Local Taxation Bureau (北京市地方税务局) dated November 1, 2011, requiring him to pay 15.22 million yuan back taxes ($2.36 million) within 15 days. The notice also stated that Ai would accrue an additional 200,000 yuan ($31,640) per day fine if he fails to make the payment on time.
Human Rights in China spoke with Gao Ying (高瑛), Ai’s mother and the widow of Ai Qing (艾青), one of the most celebrated poets in modern China. The following is her message.
* Ai has shared the full text of the Decision on Handling Taxation Affairs (税务处理决定书) and the Decision on Administrative Penalty for Taxation Affairs (税务行政处罚决定书) on his Google+ page.