Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei says he's started returning money to his supporters after exhausting all legal channels to fight a massive tax bill. The supporters gave him the cash after the government levied a $2.4 million tax bill on Ai's design firm last year, in what his backers saw as punishment for his activism.
Ai used the money sent him to pay a $1.3 million guarantee that the tax bureau required before he was allowed to challenge the tax bill. Ai said at the time he was treating the money as a loan that he would repay.
Ai said Wednesday the firm has started returning the money to his supporters. He lost a final appeal in his tax case late last month.