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China; Taiwan: New Rules Facilitate Taiwan Residents Traveling to the Mainland

(July 22, 2015) On June 14, 2015, the State Council of the People’s Republic of China amended an administrative regulation governing the travel of residents of China’s mainland to Taiwan and of Taiwan residents to the mainland, the Measures for the Control of Chinese Citizens Traveling to and from the Region of Taiwan (Measures). Effective […]

China; Council of Europe; Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development: Ratification of Mutual Assistance Treaty on Tax Matters

(July 10, 2015) On July 1, 2015, China’s legislature, the National People’s Congress, ratified the multilateral 1988 Council of Europe – Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) treaty of mutual assistance in tax matters, as amended by a 2010 protocol. (China (People’s Rep.); Council of Europe; OECD: Convention and Protocol on Mutual Administrative Assistance […]

China: Law on Legislation Amended

(July 8, 2015) On March 15, 2015, China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) adopted for the first time amendments to the Law on Legislation, which was originally promulgated in 2000. The Law regulates legislative and regulation-making activities of the NPC itself, the State Council (Cabinet), and central government departments and commissions and also the formulation of […]

China: Nationwide Real Estate Registration Rules Entered into Effect

(July 7, 2015) On March 1, 2015, the Provisional Regulations on Real Estate Registration went into effect. The Regulations aim to establish a nationwide real estate registration system in China. (Budongchan Dengji Zanxing Tiaoli [Provisional Regulations on Real Estate Registration] (promulgated by the State Council on Nov. 24, 2014, effective Mar. 1, 2015), State Council […]

China: Environmental Tax

(June 23, 2015) On June 10, 2015, the Legislative Affairs Office of China’s State Council issued a draft environmental tax law for the purpose of solicitating opinions from the public. The draft law was prepared by the Ministry of Finance, the State Administration of Taxation, and the Ministry of Environmental Protection. The government units concerned […]

China; South Korea: Landmark Free Trade Agreement Signed

(June 11, 2015) On June 1, 2015, China and South Korea signed a bilateral free trade agreement (FTA). (Brittany Felder, China, South Korea Sign Free Trade Agreement, PAPER CHASE (June 2, 2015).) The landmark document, which was finalized in November 2014, will eliminate tariffs on more than 90% of the two sides’ goods over the […]

China: Resource Taxes Adjusted for Rare Earth, Tungsten, Molybdenum

(May 12, 2015) On April 30, 2015, China’s Ministry of Finance and the State Administration of Taxation issued a joint notice on adjustments to the resource tax levied on rare earth, tungsten, and molybdenum, to be applied from May 1, 2015. As of that date, the tax on the three materials, including on the raw […]

China: Administrative Procedure Law Revised

(Apr. 2, 2015) On November 1, 2014, the Standing Committee of the Twelfth National People’s Congress (NPC) of the People’s Republic of China released a revised Administrative Procedure Law. The newly revised law will take effect on May 1, 2015. (Quanguo Renmin Daibiao Dahui Changwu Weiyuanhui Guanyu Xiugai Zhonghua Renmin Gongheguo Xingzheng Susongfa de Jueding […]

China: Tax Incentives for Encouraged Industries in Western Regions

(Mar. 24, 2015) On March 10, 2015, China’s State Administration of Taxation (SAT) issued a clarification of corporate income tax issues in connection with the Catalog of Encouraged Industries in Western Regions. The SAT clarification applies retroactively from October 1, 2014, the date when the Catalog entered into force. (Shiqi Ma, Tax Incentives for Western […]

China: Designation of Sanctioned Places of Worship in Online Database

(Dec. 30, 2014) On December 26, 2014, at a national conference on religious work, Wang Zuoan, the director of China’s State Administration for Religious Affairs (SARA), announced that SARA will make public a list of officially registered Buddhist and Taoist worship venues, by means of a government-created online database. The purpose of disseminating the list […]