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China tax alert: China Individual Income Tax reform — highlights from the ‘Implementation Regulation’

The revised Individual Income Tax (IIT) promulgated on 31 August 2018 and fully effective from 1 January marks significant changes to the individual taxation in China. Primarily, the changes relieve certain tax burdens for low and middle income-earners. In previous tax articles, we have highlighted a number of key takeaways related to IIT. For foreigners…

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China business: contract dos and don’ts

"Guanxi" (关系 guānxì) — pronounced gwan-shee — is one of the most potent forces in Chinese culture. Its direct translation means “relationships”, however, the reality of guanxi is that it relates to “connections” formed over time by the reciprocation of social exchanges and favours, the latter often related to business.   Foreigners doing business in…

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China banking: non-financial institutions required to report large transactions from 1 January

On 25 June 2018, the Bank of China issued the Notice of the People’s Bank of China requirements for non-financial institutions to report large transactions (the Notice) effective from 1 January 2019. Below, we highlight the main takeaways from the Notice. Who is required to report? Any non-financial institution holding a payment business license, including…

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China tax alert: Individual Income Tax — special additional deductions

The Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress revised the Individual Income Tax Law of the People’s Republic of China (IIT). The revisions came partly into effect in October 2018 predominantly affecting tax rates and general standard deductions for general income (please see previous tax-related articles). From 1 January 2019, the revised IIT law goes…

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