China: First review of the draft VAT Law

February 8, 20230

On the 27th of December 2022, the Chinese Government issued a new draft VAT Law. The draft law proposes upgrades to the existing VAT regulations, as well as an enhancement of the adoption of the OECD International VAT/GST guidelines, without increasing the tax burden. VAT is China’s largest source of tax revenue, which is why the progress on its legislation is a big focus of the Chinese government. 

Some of the key changes proposed in the 2023 VAT Law include: 

  • Place of simplified taxation rules 
  • Scope of taxable activities 
  • List of non-taxable items 
  • Mixed sales 
  • The role of withholding agents 
  • Definition of input tax 
  • VAT consolidation 
  • VAT declaration periods 

The public consultation period for the draft VAT law ended on the 28th of January, and its soonest implementation is the summer of 2023. 


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Author: Gerardo Gutierrez, Associate at TPA Global

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