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Uber hit with hefty sales tax bill in Taiwan

The ride-hailing service is already in hot water with the Taiwanese government as officials contemplate kicking it out of the country.


Uber could be on the hook for a $6.4 million tax bill in Taiwan, as the ride-hailing service awaits a decision by the government on whether it can keep operating on the island nation.

On Friday, Reuters reported that the Taiwanese government has revamped its tax structure for international online businesses and is asking the company to cough up overdue taxes that date back to 2013 when Uber entered the Taiwan market. Local sources estimate the tax bill to be $6.4 million, according to Reuters. The news follows reports that Taiwan's Investment Commission may force Uber to cease service for misrepresenting its business as an "internet-based information technology platform" instead of a transportation service.

A decision on whether Uber will stay or go in Taiwan is expected by the end of the month.

Uber representatives said in an email statement that the company is "meeting all of its tax obligations under relevant local laws."

Updated 9:00 a.m. PT: This story was updated with a comment from Uber.