South Korea Investigates Foreign Owners of Multiple Homes for Tax Evasion

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South Korean authorities person launched an probe against 42 foreigners who ain aggregate homes successful South Korea and allegedly underreported oregon failed to study rental income to evade income taxes, reported Yonhap News Agency.

The scrutiny comes amid soaring housing prices successful South Korea and its authorities efforts to curb this inclination and discourage existent property speculation, according to The Korea Herald.

The probe announced connected Monday involves a U.S. national successful his 40s who bought wrong the past 2 years 42 homes successful South Korea worthy successful full 6.7 cardinal won ($5.6 million) and allegedly underreported the rental income to evade taxes, according to The Korea Herald.

The South Korean nationalist taxation bureau said it volition walk the accusation to the U.S. taxation authorities for further investigation, since these individuals had not provided immoderate root of income oregon assets successful South Korea that could person been utilized to acquisition the properties, reported The Korea Times.

One Chinese national, who is besides being investigated, purchased 8 homes successful South Korea portion staying successful the state connected a pupil visa and allegedly failed to study the rental income generated by these properties to South Korean authorities, according to Yonhap.

The biggest overseas homebuyers successful South Korea by nationality were Chinese, including Hongkongers who purchased much than fractional of the homes sold to foreigners since 2017, followed by Americans, Canadians, Taiwanese, Australians, and Japanese, according to The Korea Times.

More than 30 percent of implicit 23,000 homes bought by foreigners were not occupied by their owners, the taxation bureau said.

Housing prices connected South Korea, particularly successful the Seoul area, are soaring owed to “ultra-low involvement rates and excess liquidity,” according to Yonhap.

Some foreigners purchased homes successful South Korea arsenic a speculative investment, said South Korea’s taxation bureau authoritative Lim Kwang-hyun, according to The Korea Herald.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in speaks connected  the juncture  of the 3rd  day  of his inauguration astatine  the statesmanlike  Blue House successful  Seoul South Korean President Moon Jae-in speaks connected the juncture of the 3rd day of his inauguration astatine the statesmanlike Blue House successful Seoul, South Korea, May 10, 2020. (Photo by Kim Min-Hee/Pool via Reuters)

Kyle Ferrier, chap and manager astatine the Korea Economic Institute of America (KEI), said successful a report published by The Diplomat that the spot prices successful Seoul started expanding successful the aboriginal 2000s.

Seoul, on with its adjacent areas, is the country’s economical and taste hub, which accounts for fractional of the country’s economical activity, and astir fractional of the country’s colonisation lives there, Ferrier said.

Therefore, request for lodging rises faster than proviso resulting successful a changeless summation successful location prices, helium explained.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in enacted much than 20 measures to curb soaring existent property prices since taking bureau successful May 2017 but to nary avail, Ferrer said.

He added that the caller authorities actions to mitigate the interaction of the pandemic caused by the outbreak of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, commonly known arsenic the caller coronavirus—such arsenic lowering involvement rates and the injection of currency into the economy—boosted investments successful existent property but besides contributed to the lodging prices hike.

Ella Kietlinska


Ella Kietlinska is simply a New York-based newsman for The Epoch Times.