A group of taxi drivers in Taipei filed a complaint with prosecutors Friday, accusing Uber, an app-based ride-sharing service provider, of tax evasion.
Cheng Li-chia (???), president of the Taipei City Professional Drivers' Union, said Uber is registered in Taiwan as an information service provider but in fact is running a transportation business.
Although Uber has generated sales of NT$3 billion since its entry to Taiwan four years ago, the company and its drivers have not paid any taxes, Cheng said.
He urged the government not to abandon legal drivers "just to please a foreign business group," and warned that local taxi drivers are prepared to take drastic action to defend their work and survival rights.
The Investment Commission under the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) had said earlier this year that it would revoke Uber's investment rights by mid-August because the company was operating a business other than the one it had applied for.
The commission later said, however, that any penalty against Uber will be postponed because the company had appealed the decision.
The MOEA also said it needed direction from the Ministry of Transportation and Communications on how to handle the case.
Uber said Friday that it had attended a meeting the previous day on issues of cross-border e-commerce taxation, at the invitation of tax authorities, which it said was major progress in its ongoing efforts to communicate with Taiwan government agencies.
Uber, an American multinational company, said it hopes to cooperate with the government to work out a tax scheme for cross-border e-commerce operators and use innovative technology to enhance the quality of transportation in the country.
Source: Focus Taiwan