New regulation of issuing Chinese VAT invoice comes to effect

On May 19th, 2017, the China State Administration of Taxation (SAT) published an announcement titled, “Announcement of Matters Regarding the Issuance of Value-added Tax Invoices”.

In this announcement, it states that “from July 1 2017, a corporate purchaser needs to provide a Tax ID when obtaining a general VAT fapiao from a seller. The Tax ID should be on the VAT fapiao. If not, the VAT fapiao will not be seen as a valid tax payment receipt.” This means that corporations should exercise caution when they need issuing VAT fapiao since it appears that the SAT will monitor every corporation’s tax status.