After receiving the presidential award for being a model taxpayer, Yoona from Girls’ Generation has been gaining international recognition for her dutiful contributions to the South Korean government.
Picking up on the news, Forbes Magazine has published an article, “Beep, Beep” – Korean Singer Yoona Wins Model Taxpayer Award, praising the young singer and actress for her achievement.
“YoonA is a K-pop star. She is 24 years old. She sings. She dances. She acts. She is a fashion icon for teen girls. She has appeared in a number of widely followed Korean serial dramas including Love Rain and The Prime Minister and I. She is one of eight members of the wildly popular band Girls Generation which has recorded such hits as Beep-Beep and Do the Catwalk. And now . . . she is the recipient of a presidential award from the South Korean government for being a dutiful and honest taxpayer who has made a significant financial contribution to her country.”
South Korea has an annual Taxpayers’ Day to remind its citizens to and dutifully pay their taxes. With scandals erupting every year regarding big companies and celebrities evading taxes, on Taxpayers’ Day, celebrities and businesses are selected to receive recognition for being model citizens, encouraging fans to follow in their footsteps.
Amongst the many nominations, on March 3rd, Yoona, alongside actor Song Seunghun, stepped on to the COEX Auditorium stage to receive their presidential awards for being honest tax payers, as well as for their voluntary contributions to society, and were also appointed as honorary ambassadors of the National Tax Service.