S Korea widens tax evasion crackdown on ‘Seungri scandal’

25 March, 2019 12:00 AM printer

SEOUL: South Korea’s tax authorities have launched an industrywide tax evasion probe into local entertainment and nightclub businesses, fueled by scores of allegations surrounding K-pop star Seungri’s sex bribery scandal.

The National Tax Service said Friday it had launched a crackdown on 21 nightlife businesses suspected of evading taxes. The NTS is to cooperate with prosecutors on obtaining warrants for search and confiscation, it added, report agencies.

Though the NTS has yet to confirm, industry watchers say the crackdown is in line with the latest tax probe into YG Entertainment -- whose headquarters and buildings were raided last week -- and two nightclubs involved in the scandal.