S.Korean Tax Authorities Reportedly Launches Inquiry Against Bithumb

  • Reports have suggested that Jong-hyeon is Bithumb’s biggest shareholder. 
  • In 2018, government agents probed Bithumb’s tax practices in a similar manner.

It has been reported that the South Korean National Tax Service (NTS) has launched a special tax inquiry against Bithumb Korea and Bithumb Holdings. To check on the cryptocurrency platform’s compliance with local taxes regulations.

Both Kang Jong-hyeon (who is widely believed to be the exchange’s true owner) and his sister, Kang Ji-yeon, have been investigated by the authorities. A recent article claims that the Seoul Regional Tax Service’s 4th Bureau of Investigation would investigate allegations of tax evasion made against Bithumb. Remember that this section handles only exceptional tax issues.

Tax Evasion Inquiry

The NTS is going to check Bithumb’s tax operations by monitoring the company’s overseas and domestic financial dealings. Kang Jong-hyeon, the fictitious owner of the company, and his younger sister, Kang Ji-yeon, will be the subjects of additional investigation by the authorities.

Reports have suggested that Jong-hyeon is Bithumb’s biggest shareholder. To avoid suspicion, however, he has put his sibling’s name on the titles of his many cars and properties. According to recent reports in the South Korean media, the enigmatic guy may be dating Park Min-young.

In 2018, government agents probed Bithumb’s tax practices in a similar manner. Back then, they collected 80 billion won in income tax, which is equivalent to nearly $64 million today.

The body of Mr. Park, Vice President of Vidente, was discovered near his residence in Seoul at year’s end 2022. But early inquiries turned up no evidence of foul play. The firm he runs is one of the biggest investors in Bithumb Holdings (the organization behind the trading venue).

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