Legal & Regulatory

Social Insurance and Other SME Policy Changes Introduced in Wuxi


Mar. 19 –In order to alleviate the impact of the financial crisis on employment, the state government in Wuxi has introduced new measures to reduce the burden on enterprises and stabilize the employment situation. The policies plan to achieve the following. Extend social insurance policies and alleviate the social security burden on enterprises Continue social […]

Last Call for Tax Exemption of Cultural Enterprises in China


Mar. 19 – China’s State Administration of Taxation has issued circular Guoshuihan [2010] No. 86, reminding newly established cultural enterprises set-up prior to December 31, 2008 that they are still eligible for corporate income tax exemptions through to December 31, 2010 – a three year period. What qualifies as a cultural enterprise is listed below. […]

Chris Devonshire-Ellis: Triggering Permanent Establishment in China Representative Offices


China-derived income key to understanding potential tax liabilities By Chris Devonshire-Ellis Mar. 12 – The recent rulings by the Chinese government concerning the taxable income of representative offices in China highlights an important status position in the activities of the RO – and the question of whether an RO is in fact operating as a […]

SAT Clarifies Implementation Issues for Corporate Income Tax


Mar. 12 – On February 22, the State Administration of Taxation published Circular 79 in an effort to clarify certain technical issues for corporate income tax purposes including the timing of income recognition, tax treatments for certain expenses, and the determination of tax basis for fixed assets. This clarification relates tax treatment for expenses including […]

Illegal Use of Company Chops Seemingly Endorsed in Beijing Court Ruling


Mar. 10 – A court in Beijing has awarded an employee of a foreign-invested advertising company RMB400,000 for wrongful dismissal after the employee was fired when she established a trade union using the company’s chop without permission, China National Radio reported on Tuesday. The former human resources manager at R&D Advertising in Beijing, identified as […]

Chris Devonshire-Ellis: RO Chief Representatives May Consider Power of Attorney in Tax Questioning


Op-Ed Commentary: Chris Devonshire-Ellis and Richard Hoffmann Mar. 9 – With foreign company representative offices coming under intense scrutiny at the present time due to the changes in tax treatments levied from January 1, 2010, pressure is now on the chief representatives of China-based ROs to fully comply with tax audits and questions raised over […]

China to Loosen Publishing Laws


Mar. 9 – China is set to permit private investors to take a role in mainland publishing, the first time this will be permitted since the Communist party came to power in 1949. China’s General Administration of Press and Publication stated last year that it would dilute the monopoly held by state publishing companies and […]

China Curbs Property Speculation to Avert Real Estate Bubble


Mar. 8 – Whether or not it is an appropriate time to launch a property tax and curb skyrocketing housing prices in China has aroused hot debate at the annual sessions of the National People’s Congress, China’s top legislature, and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, the top advisory body. China reintroduced a nationwide real […]

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