China’s Latest Laws and Regulations in March 2013

I. The Ministry of Commerce Issued Opinions Concerning the 2013 Guide on Attracting Foreign Investment Jobs 

On March 19, 2013, the Ministry of Commerce issued Opinions Concerning the 2013 Guide on Attracting Foreign Investment Work (“Opinions”), which emphasizes attracting foreign investment in the high value-added manufacturing industry, enhancing openness of the service industry to the outside world, and strengthening the important role of foreign investment in the introduction of technology and knowhow. The Opinions also promote advancement of foreign investment in eastern areas and bringing change to central western areas, as well as further improving the investment environment to protect the legal rights and interests of foreign invested enterprises and improving protection of intellectual property rights. The Ministry of Commerce concurrently released a report on the situation of foreign investment attraction in 2012.

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Latest Laws and Regulations of August 2012, I

I. Eight Provinces Including Beijing will gradually Develop the Pilots to be Levied VAT Instead of Business Tax from 1st of August, 2012.

The Ministry of Finance and State Administration of Taxation jointly issued the Notice on Developing the Pilots to be Levied VAT Instead of Business Tax in Transportation Industry and Partly Modern Services Industry in 8 Provinces or Cities including Beijing (hereinafter referred to as the “Notice”) on 31st of July, 2012. According to the Notice, upon the approval of the State Council, the range of pilots is extended to Shanghai, Beijing, Tianjin, Jiangsu, Anhui, Zhejiang, Fujian, Hubei and Guangdong. The transition of such tax policy shall be completed before 1st of September, 2012 in Beijing, 1st of November, 2012 in Fujian and Guangdong and 1st of December, 2012 in Tianjin, Zhejiang and Hubei. The pilot plan is basically the same as that of Shanghai. On 10th of August, 2012, the State Administration of Taxation published the Announcement on Relevant Issues concerning Qualification Verification of a General VAT Taxpayer in 8 Provinces and Cities Including Beijing Developing Pilots to be Levied VAT Instead of Business Tax.

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