The new PRC Enterprise Income Tax Law (“EIT law”) came into effect on January 1, 2008 and consolidated the enterprise income tax regimes for domestic enterprises and foreign-invested enterprises and ended the system of dual income tax regimes. The new EIT law unified the tax rates and tax incentive policies for both domestic enterprises and foreign-invested enterprises so that more equitable market conditions are created.

For those enterprises previously enjoying favorable tax incentives under the former tax regimes, the new EIT law provides a 5-year transitional period. For example, enterprises that enjoyed fixed term tax exemptions and reductions may continue to enjoy them until the end of the original term. Enterprises that used to enjoy a 15% tax rate will gradually shift from the lower rate to the 25% as required by the new EIT law. The transitional tax incentive policies are provided in many different tax regulations. The following is an introduction of some of the transitional tax policies:

Stephen Nelson, head of King & Wood’s Taxation Practice & Wu Libin 

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The massive May 12, 2008 Wenchuan earthquake caused heavy property damage and saddening losses of life in the Chinese Providences of Sichuan, Shanxi, and Gansu. In order to support the earthquake relief and reconstruction effort, the Ministry of Finance and State Administration of Taxation has implemented post disaster tax deductions and exemptions. These relief measures impact affected individuals or enterprises, and also donations toward the relief effort. The most significant tax relief measures were announced in the “Notice on Implementing the Earthquake Relief and Reconstruction Tax Policies”(Notice 62). The taxes covered in the Notice included: enterprise income tax, individual income tax, house property tax, resource tax, stamp tax, urban land use tax, vehicle and vessel use tax, import tax.

By Zhang Yu, Wang Xiujuan, Chengdu Office of King & Wood, FDI

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