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Taiwan: Business Tax Law Amended

(Apr. 2, 2008) On March 10, 2008, an amendment to Taiwan's Value-Added Business Tax and Non-Value-Added Business Tax Law was promulgated. The new article 9-1 stipulates that "to meet special circumstances of the economy," the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) may flexibly adjust the business tax for imported wheat, barley, corn, and soybeans, without the limits prescribed […]

Taiwan: No Biking in Pedestrian Crossings

(Mar. 2, 2008) Taiwan's Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) stated on March 2, 2008, that as of April 2008 bicycle riders will be subject to fines of NT$300-800 (about US$9.80-26.00) if caught cycling in pedestrian crossings. The cyclists may only use the crossings if they dismount the bikes and push them across; they must […]

Taiwan: Domestic Violence Law Amended

(Feb. 2, 2008) On January 9, 2008, the Domestic Violence Prevention Law was amended. Article 10, item 3, now specifies that the docket fee is waived for the filing of a request for, revocation, alteration, extension, and appeal of a restraining order. (Amendment to Domestic Violence Prevention Law, 6779 THE GAZETTE OF THE OFFICE OF […]

Taiwan: Penalties for DUI Stiffened

(Jan. 2, 2008) On January 2, 2008, an amendment to Taiwan's Criminal Law that increases the penalties for driving under the influence was promulgated. Article 185-3 specifies that those who, due to the use of narcotics, controlled substances, alcohol, or other similar substances, drive a motor vehicle while unable to drive safely, will be sentenced […]

Taiwan: Draft Changes to Succession Rules

(Dec. 2, 2007) An amendment to the Civil Code of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) on the rules of inheritance was discussed in November 2007 by the legislature's Judiciary Committee, with a view to protecting minors under 20 years of age and the underprivileged from incurring excessive debt from inheritances. At present, the Civil […]

Taiwan: Amendment of Election and Recall Law Provisions

(Dec. 2, 2007) Taiwan's Public Officials Election and Recall Law was significantly amended on November 7, 2007. The changes include revised provisions on campaign activities and expenditures and on candidate qualification requirements, as well as revised and new provisions on punishments for vote-buying. One example of the changes is that although the basic method of […]

Taiwan: Statute on Development of Biotech, New Pharmaceutical Enterprises

(Nov. 2, 2007) On July 4, 2007, the 13-article Statute for Development of Biotechnology and New Pharmaceutical Enterprises was promulgated in Taiwan, to provide incentives to companies in that sector. According to Academia Sinica President Wong Chi-huey, the legislation is "important and timely" and represents "a new foundation that would rapidly boost the industry" instead […]

Taiwan: Press Freedom Ranking Improved

(Nov. 2, 2007) According to the Worldwide Press Freedom Index 2007, issued by the international, Paris-Based press organization Reporters Without Borders, Taiwan is rated highest among its Asian neighbors in press freedom in 2007 and No. 32 worldwide. Among the other 168 countries that comprise the Index, Japan was ranked No. 37; the United States, […]