South Korean actress Song Hye Gyo has expressed deep regret and apologized for tax evasion. The apology comes after a public outcry following the revelation that the popular actress had evaded taxes from 2009 to 2011 for the huge sum of about US $2.5 million. She has paid in full the amount, plus penalty, totaling about US $3.7 million.

On August 21, Song Hye Gyo appeared at a press conference for her new movie, My Brilliant Life, and delivered her apology in person as she bowed to the public to express her regret.

She said, "I have thought that happiness comes from living harmoniously with people I love and from not being greedy. I have no reason to pay less tax in exchange of such happiness and I really want you to believe me.” She said she takes full responsibility, nevertheless, it was her ignorance that cause the situation.

It's been reported that she underpaid taxes for three years, from 2009 to 2011, with an estimated amount of 2.5 billion won (about US $2.5 million) and she has repaid to the National Tax Service about 3.8 billion won (about US $3.7 million) including penalties.

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Her situation caused an extra uproar because she was selected as the 'Exemplary Taxpayer' in 2009 by her district tax office in Samseong-dong, Seoul. The honor allows the recipient to defer tax audits for two years, and Song was exempted for two years after paying her income tax in 2009.

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