China Releases Circular on Reporting VAT Collection Data

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Oct. 15 – To establish a mechanism for reporting the dynamic information and data relating to the pilot collection of value-added tax (VAT) in lieu of business tax, China’s Ministry of Finance (MOF) released the “Circular on Properly Handling the Reporting of Information and Data on the Pilot Collection of Value-added Tax in Lieu of Business Tax (caishuiban[2012] No. 29, hereinafter referred to as the ‘Circular’)” on September 27, 2012.

According to the Circular, each pilot province, municipality directly under the central government, and cities specifically designated in the state plan shall formulate and distribute the dynamic information on the pilot collection of VAT in lieu of business tax and report such information to the MOF on an irregular basis. Meanwhile, the above-mentioned regional authorities shall file and report the relevant operating data based on the declared tax information and other relevant information and materials provided by taxpayers through the direct reporting platform on the website of the MOF. This data should be published within five working days after the end of the tax declaration period each month, and the responsible regional authorities should formulate an operation appraisal and analysis report to be sent to the Tax Policy Department of the MOF.

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