China Clarifies Issues Related to New IIT Law

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Aug. 9 – Following amendments to China’s Individual Income Tax (IIT) Law, which are scheduled to come into effect from September 1 this year, China’s State Administration of Taxation (SAT) made a new announcement on July 29 with regards to the revised IIT Law. The document specified how taxpayers will be subject to the old and new tax rates during different times of the tax year and how IIT on the income of individual businesses shall be calculated.

The “Announcement on Issues Related to the Implementation of the Revised IIT Law (SAT Announcement [2011] No.46)” clarified the following issues:

Standards of IIT exemption threshold and tax rates for salaries
The salaries taxpayers receive on and after September 1, 2011 are subject to the new IIT exemption threshold of RMB3,500 and tax rates listed in the following chart.

The IIT on salaries earned before September 1, 2011 shall be subject to the old IIT exemption threshold and tax rates, regardless of whether or not the actual tax payments have been made.

Calculation of individual business owners’ taxable income from production and business operations
IIT on production and business operation income earned by individual business owners, sole proprietors, and investors/partners of partnership enterprises on and after September 1, 2011 shall be subject to the IIT exemption threshold and tax rates stipulated in the revised IIT Law. The IIT rates for individual business owners are as follows:

Individual business owners shall calculate their taxable income of 2011 first before figuring out the amount of their IIT payments for the year. They shall calculate the amount of IIT payments of 2011 according to the following formulas:

  • IIT of the first eight months = (Annual taxable income × Corresponding tax rates in the IIT Law before revision – Quick deduction) × 8/12
  • IIT of the last four months = (Annual taxable income × Corresponding tax rates in the revised IIT Law – Quick deduction) × 4/12
  • IIT of 2011 = IIT of the first eight months + IIT of the last four months

Taxpayers shall settle 2011’s IIT payments within three months after the year ends.

The amount of IIT that contractors and lease managers for enterprises should pay shall be calculated in the same way.

The Announcement will take effect on September 1, 2011. From this date, the expired tax rate charts from the previous SAT Announcement (guoshuifa [1994] No.89) will be repealed.

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