Category Taxation In Asia

China Weighs Up Large-Scale Reforms

August 26, 2010 Taxation in China

Chinese Embassy SealIndications have arisen that China could soon take steps towards introducing numerous changes to its taxation system, including reforms to Value Added Tax, Resource Taxes, Personal and Corporate Income Taxes, along with property taxes.

The Chinese Government is giving consideration to changes in almost every aspect of the national tax system, in order to improve the overall efficiency of the economy and revamp tax revenue streams. The intention was revealed in a statement by Xu Lin, director of the Department of Fiscal and Financial Affairs, on August 24th.

According to Xu Lin, the Department of Fiscal and Financial Affairs is investigating the feasibility of carrying out reforms which will make property taxes a stable and primary component of local Government bodies’ annual revenues...

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Tax Needed for Korean Unification

August 16, 2010 Taxation in North KoreaTaxation in South Korea

Dancing Girls of the NorthA new tax could be instated in South Korea to pay for the potentially exuberant costs of one day reunifying the country with its Northern counterpart.

In a speech commemorating the 65th anniversary of Korea’s liberation from Japanese occupation, Lee Myung-bak, President of South Korea, restated that reunification between North and South Korea will definitely come between. However, the process could cost as much as USD 1 000 billion, and fiscal steps need to be taken now to ensure its future economic viability. Lee Myung-bak has proposed that a new “unification tax” be levied to cover the expected costs. The President stated that a panel of experts will soon begin discussions on the nature of the “unification” levy, its rate, and the tax’s balance between the two nations...

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IMF Backs Japanese Prime Minister on Tax Reform

July 15, 2010 Taxation in Japan

Asia21_026Japanese taxpayers could experience a significant increase to the national Sales Tax rate in the near future, after the International Monetary Fund called for fiscal reforms.

Japan’s political climate has been turbulent recently following the Prime Minister’s Sales Tax rate hike proposal. Naoto Kan claimed that a doubling of the current 5 percent Sales Tax rate would be an ideal step in addressing the nation’s ballooning debts, which have reached 218 percent of GDP. The tax issue was seen as a significant reason behind Naoto Kan’s political party suffering a defeat at the recent Japan Upper House elections...

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Tax Hikes Reason for Japanese Election Loss

July 12, 2010 Taxation in Japan

Korea-Japan summit talks in Toronto, CanadaJapan’s ruling political party has suffered a major setback in its plan to instate tax hikes, after experiencing a defeat at the national Upper House elections.

According to media exit-polls, the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) has won fewer than 50 seats of the contested 121 seats in the Upper House Government elections, held on June 11th. The result has been attributed to the party’s proposal of doubling the national sales tax rate to a level of 10 percent. The DPJ previously stated that it was aiming at attaining at least 54 seats. Official election results, scheduled for release by June 13th, are expected to confirm that the DPJ will hold a maximum of 110 seats of the total 242 Upper House seats.

Naoto Kan, Prime Minister of Japan and DPJ leader, has stated that he intends to stay ...

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Japan Considering Sales Tax Hike

June 21, 2010 Taxation in Japan

Watermark on Japanese 10,000 Yen Note, Macro PhotoThe Japanese Government is considering doubling the national Sales Tax rate, in order to curb the national public debt while retaining current levels of public services.

Late last week Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan declared the need for the Japanese Government to carryout comprehensive reforms to the nation’s tax system and drastic cuts to public spending, and called opposition parliamentary members to join in supporting his proposal. Naoto Kan also revealed that he is willing to consider doubling the current 5 percent national Sales Tax.

The Prime Minister revealed that an exact tax rate will be finalized by March 2011, and for the purposes of initial investigations, the 10 percent rate will be used as a “reference point”...

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