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Tax Reform

Wealthy win lion’s share of major tax breaks

Wealthier households benefit significantly more than lower earners from big tax breaks such as deductions for mortgage interest and charitable giving, the government said in a new study.

Thursday, 30 May, 2013, 11:06am

Lower taxes across the board are the key to greater domestic consumption

Last Thursday's rout on global stock markets, partly triggered by a weak reading for China's purchasing managers' index, has reflected investors' renewed concerns over the state of the mainland economy.

27 May 2013 - 4:48am 2 comments

Companies want Beijing to ease tax burden

As the annual session of the National People's Congress and a government reshuffle draw nigh, millions of business executives and wealthy individuals are hoping the new cabinet equates tax reform with tax cuts.

1 Mar 2013 - 5:08am 1 comment

Range of exemptions from investment taxes to end for expats in mainland

The State Council unveiled sweeping tax reform plans on Tuesday under which three ministries, including the National Development and Reform Commission, proposed 35 measures to make the wealthy pay more and to narrow the income gap between the urban rich and the rural poor.

8 Feb 2013 - 5:02am

Beijing to expand tax reform trial

The mainland will expand a value-added tax (VAT) reform trial next month despite complaints about incomplete preparatory work that has caused businesses to end up paying more taxes in Shanghai.

27 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

VAT pilot programme to roll out to other cities

Beijing is likely to expand a trial reform of value-added tax (VAT) to more cities this year as it seeks to increase tax revenues from the service sector.

25 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Tax overhaul a headache for some in cargo

A programme to overhaul the mainland tax system for logistics, shipping and other cargo firms by replacing business taxes with a value-added tax has generated mixed views.

Some observers said the pilot implementation of the scheme in Shanghai had already caused confusion and could have been better implemented, while others said there had been little impact so far.

18 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

New deal boosts firms

With the launch of a value-added-tax (VAT) reform pilot programme in Shanghai since the start of this year, multinational corporations with operations in the city can claim input VAT credits for many purchases of fixed assets, goods and services.

19 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

'Tax relief' measure leaves some firms paying more

Mainland authorities have been left red-faced after a reform that was designed to ease tax burdens on service firms ended up levying increased payments.

26 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Call for 3pc levy on luxury goods in HK

Luxury goods such as Louis Vuitton handbags, Gucci couture or Harry Winston jewellery watches could be taxed as a viable option to widen Hong Kong's narrow tax base.

Indeed, a 3 per cent tax on luxury goods should be introduced, according to a survey earlier this month of 200 Hong Kong-based members of CPA Australia, a global accounting organisation.

31 Jan 2012 - 12:00am