The Internal Revenue Service has launched an intensive investigation into more than 500 people who live
luxurious lives and do not pay taxes. Among them were dozens of people who won the lottery or the lottery but did not pay their taxes.

Reporter Jo Ki-ho reports.


IRS employees found a luxury villa.

[IRS tax collector: Aren't you home right now?]

Mr. A, who ran a trading company and did not pay taxes of more than 70 billion won. Luxury bags, shoes, and precious metals pour out of the closet.

[Oh, it's too much, but this...]

In addition to high-end foreign cars, 5 million won was collected in this search alone.

Mr. B, who has a driver and is in arrears of taxes of 50 billion won.

With the money he earned from the sale of real estate, and not a penny in transfer taxes, Mr. C. starts screaming in disbelief.

[IRS tax collector: I just need to open that door, but it's in the safe.]

[Delinquent: What do you do if you open the door, do you know that I will open the (safe)?]

4 million won in cash was found inside the safe.

The National Tax Service has launched an intensive pursuit of 3 people who owe 800 billion won in delinquent taxes.

Of these, 557 were found to have won the first or second prize of the lottery or pension lottery.

If you win the lottery, you may want someone else to collect your winnings to avoid paying taxes, but due to trust concerns, you often collect your winnings yourself and then transfer it to your family's account.

When the IRS took this into consideration and compared the list of delinquents and people who had paid high amounts of other income taxes after winning the lottery, they were able to identify 36 people and seize their accounts.

[Kim Dong-dong/Director of the Bureau of Taxation and Legal Affairs at the National Tax Service: Without paying back taxes, he transferred a significant amount of his winnings to his family's account, and withdrew some of it in cash and checks.]

In addition, cases of registering real estate in the form of joint ownership with children to make it impossible to foreclose directly, or setting up a false underlying mortgage with a related person to avoid compulsory collection, have also been revealed.

(Video Interview: Choi Ho-joon, Video Editing: Jeon Min-kyu, Video Credit: National Tax Service)