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Fan Bingbing's huge tax fine reflects ire of ordinary Chinese

Discontent swells as celebrities get richer while many are left behind

The earnings of stars like Fan Bingbing, China's highest-paid actress, rival those in Hollywood.    © Reuters

BEIJING -- Chinese actress Fan Bingbing is facing a payment six times the amount of taxes she originally owed to the government, a seemingly harsh penalty that appears to reflect the public's displeasure with soaring celebrity wealth in an officially communist country.

Tax authorities have ordered the 37-year-old "X-Men" star to pay a total of 880 million yuan ($128 million) in fines and back taxes for the roughly 140 million yuan in tax bills she and her production company are accused of evading.

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