China Reduces Value Added Tax Rates and Adjusts Threshold

In line with last month announcement of implementing major value added tax (VAT) reform in 2018, China announced the first step in this reform process was enacted on the 1st of May. Two major changes are expected following this announcement: the first being a 1% VAT rate reduction for general tax payer and the second being an increase in the threshold for compulsory registration as general tax payer. These measures will apply to both domestic and foreign-funded companies (joint ventures, WOFE…) which is good news for all business entities in China. We delve a bit deeper to explore the impact of this announcement.

1% VAT Rate Reduction

Over the VAT three-tiered rate structure (17%, 11% & 6% rates), the 17% and 11% rates will be decreased to respectively 16% and 10%. The statement did not indicate any changes to the 6% VAT rate. 

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