China to Speed up Fiscal and Taxation Reform

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Dec. 19 – In a report released by the Ministry of Finance on November 21, China’s Finance Minister Xie Xuren stressed the need to speed up fiscal and taxation reform in the country.

In the report, Xie pointed out that the government’s objective is to build a multi-layered taxation system based on circular tax and income tax, as well as property tax, environmental resources tax, and taxes in other specific areas.

Xie also confirmed the government’s intention to extend the current value-added tax pilot scheme nationwide, and efforts will be made to upgrade local taxation systems and streamline distribution relations between governments at different levels. Currently, China’s value-added tax pilot scheme has only been enacted in the following regions:

  • Shanghai Municipality
  • Beijing Municipality
  • Tianjin Municipality
  • Jiangsu Province
  • Anhui Province
  • Guangdong Province
  • Fujian Province
  • Hubei Province
  • Zhejiang Province

In November, tax revenues in the country reached RMB676 billion, representing year-on-year growth of 21.1 percent. This sharp increase can largely be attributed to last year’s low benchmark and last year’s economic stabilization and recovery.

Tax revenues from January to November 2012 totaled RMB10.9 trillion, registering year-on-year growth of 11.9 percent; 14.9 percentage points lower than the growth rate over the same period last year. This drop in growth levels can mainly be attributed to a slow economy, low corporate profits and structural tax reduction policies by the government.

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