A new tax app released by the Chinese government has triggered confusion among its users as they find themselves listed as employees of unfamiliar companies, while others have stumbled upon a raft of suspicious copycat apps.

The app, released by China’s State Taxation Administration at the end of 2018, is intended to ease the process of filing information.

While the launch of the app has seen some technical difficulties, it’s part of a larger trend of Chinese government services going mobile. Widely adopted social platform WeChat has previously been a favored tool of authorities, enabling QR code tax payment pilot programs to be rolled out in multiple provinces last month. Previously, the government in eastern China’s Shandong province had already enabled taxpayers to use WeChat, while Guangdong authorities allowed for payments via mobile payment platform Alipay as well as WeChat.

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Bailey Hu

Bailey Hu is based in China’s hardware capital, Shenzhen. Her interests include local maker culture, grassroots innovation and how tech shapes society, as well as vice versa.