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Q: The Wechat tax records. Every payment recorded?

Everyone is using wechat pay now.

 

Shops, wetmarkets, bars, street food vendors, drivers, probably even beggers.

 

As I have mentioned here before, tencent are in a position now where they can advise starbucks on where to open a shop. Thats simple stuff. And it's worth money.

 

But tencent also knows how much every person spends, it knows where they spend it, and it knows where the spent money comes from.

 

A tax collectors dream.

 

Is a tax clampdown in the making?

3 years 19 weeks ago in  Money & Banking - China

 
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I remember Mr Ma said "wechat won't share any user data with rhe government" a few months ago when Facebook got caught out selling user data. I think we can trust him on his word ;-/

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Chinese will round you all up ... the tax avoiders. They'll round you up, if you'll cross the road out of pedestrian ... so, collecting all tax won't be that big problem, either.

 

Now, Blockchain has bright future in avoiding Gov. on the whole planet.

Whoo-hoo, Santa ... !

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I remember Mr Ma said "wechat won't share any user data with rhe government" a few months ago when Facebook got caught out selling user data. I think we can trust him on his word ;-/

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Think about it for a second.

If tencent discloses payment information to tax authorities, they just destroyed their own viability, and their niche will be filled by whichever payment app markets itself on its encryption and safeguarding. People will use other apps immediately.

Add to that, I doubt the tax authority in China has the administrative ability to process all that metadata . But the mere suggestion of it is enough to fuel mass paranoia.

The tax office is like the police. You don't want them observing you constantly, evaluating your every move in day to day life. Even if you're not a criminal, the fines for minor transgressions can add up quickly.

Even the government knows to keep its tax authorities somewhat removed from daily life, because mass panic doesn't serve anyone.

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Maybe wechat doesn't actively report your transactions, but I'm sure they're required to keep the data somewhere in case the government needs to investigate someone. 

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yes, when tariffs don't support government revenues and spending anymore and all these people think it's cool to screw the government out of taxes. The new China confiscation authority is going to have proof to clean everybody's bank account since they control most of the banks the phone service also. China requires source code and encryption to be stored with the government, now you know why, China is like I always said, a pyramid mafia and now they can squeeze when they need it, George Orwell would be so proud.

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If anyone is surprised then you're naive

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