Category Taxation In Asia

International Tax Transparency Reviews Start

March 19, 2010 International Tax CooperationTaxation in AustraliaTaxation in CanadaTaxation in Cayman IslandsTaxation in EUTaxation in GermanyTaxation in IndiaTaxation in IrelandTaxation in MonacoTaxation in Norway

Globalforum 2009The international fight against cross-border tax evasion has taken a step forward with the initiation of a peer review group which aims to assess the progress made by nations in implementing internationally agreed standards of tax transparency.

On March 18th the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) announced the initiation of the first step in the most extensive and through international tax transparency assesment process that has ever been undertaken. Eighteen nations from the 91 participating members of the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information will soon undergo extensive analysis to determine the adequacy of their efforts to implement internationally agreed upon taxation standards, such as the effectiveness of the bilateral Tax Information Exch...

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China Sets New Tax Goals

March 17, 2010 Taxation in China

Chinatown Parade celebration of 60 years of the PRCThe Government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has set out five macro-level goals that will be upheld in its approach to taxation policy in 2010, and taxation authorities of all levels must also follow three new “transformations”, in order to best implement the new goals.

At the recently convened National Taxation Policy and Regulation Working Conference in Shenzhen, Xie Xuezhi, Deputy Administrator of the State Administration of Taxation (SAT), relayed the Chinese Government’s praise to national tax authorities in implementing tax policies and regulations in 2009. He said that in 2010 the Government intends to build upon the progress by implementing five new wide-reaching goals in tax policy implementation.

The new goals consist of sustaining the PRC’s stable and rapid ec...

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Tobacco Taxes Rising Worldwide

March 15, 2010 Taxation in New ZealandTaxation in UKTaxation in USATaxation in Vietnam

cigaretteAccording to numerous political and anti-tobacco activists worldwide, taxes on cigarettes and tobacco products should be increased to raise Government revenues and deter smoking.

Several anti-smoking organizations across the world have released new reports claiming that a fresh round of tax increases needs to be seen on tobacco products, and Government officials across New Zealand, several US states, Vietnam and the UK are looking set to oblige. Although, the governments and anti-smoking groups are fighting for differing causes, with Governments citing budgetary shortfalls and the need for increased revenues as the reason for tax rises.

The Kansas Senate Taxation committee announced on March 10th that it had heard arguments in favor of increasing tobacco taxation by an equivalent of USD 0...

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Japan to Consider Several Tax Increases

February 15, 2010 Taxation in Japan

Kan Naoto, MinshutoTo curb falls in investor confidence and possible national credit ratings downgrades, the Japanese Government will begin discussion on the feasibility of increasing several tax rates, including income, corporate and consumption taxes.

Speaking at a press conference on February 13th, Naoto Kan, Finance Minister and Deputy Prime Minister of Japan, stated that he will be initiating a “full-fledged debate” on taxes in March, and hopes to have a concise tax reform plan completed by June. During the conference indications were given that income tax, personal taxes, environmental taxes and a raised consumption tax would the main issues of the debate...

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China’s Tax Revenue Grows 9%

January 18, 2010 Taxation in China

Chinese Embassy SealTax revenues collected in the People’s Republic of China rose by 9.1 percent in 2009 compared to the previous year.

In a statement published by the Chinese State Administration of Taxation on January 15th the department declared that the country’s tax revenues had risen by CNY524.1 billion in 2009, bringing the collections to CNY6.31 trillion (approx. USD928). The tax revenues growth exceeded Chinese Government set targets by 1.1 percent after an unexpected economic resurgence in June.

Domestic retail sales revenue showed the largest percentage rise in 2009, reaching CNY476.1 billion, 85.4 percent higher than 2008. The increase came as a result of government policies aimed at encouraging domestic consumption...

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