INVALID:Lawyers questioned the validity of the investigation, saying the league was entitled to receive government subsidies through the so-called ‘military tax’
Date: Apr 28, 2017
By: Chen Wei-han / Staff reporter
The National Women’s League affirmed its organizational and financial independence from the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) at a hearing yesterday.
The Ill-gotten Party Assets Settlement Committee held the hearing to determine whether the league was controlled by the KMT and whether its funds — largely derived from so-called military taxes and surcharges — were ill-gotten.
According to the committee’s investigation, the league collected an estimated NT$24.03 billion (US$796.86 million at the current exchange rate) in military taxes and surcharges from 1955 to 1989, a sum estimated to be worth NT$349.81 billion — factoring in inflation and interest — in today’s terms.
The military taxes and surcharges were various types of taxes, import duties, textile duties, cinema surcharges and electricity bills, revenue the league received revenue from because of its ties with the KMT, according to the investigation. [FULL STORY]