In order to cushion the economic hit caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, China has been rolling out a series of supporting policies and measures to shore up the confidence of businesses and ease some of their compliance burdens. Here come more preferential policies! Let’s have a look!
Since the opening of the National People’s Congress (NPC) annual session on Friday, there have been many discussions about the 2020 Government Work Report. (For more about the work report, please check ‘read more’.)
For HACOS and most of our foreign friends, we always pay close attention to tax and fee reduction. Now we are pleased to see that there will be further preferential policies to ease the burden on companies.
According to the report, China will forcefully implement macro policies to keep businesses and employment stable, including:
The preferential policies rolled out since the outbreak will be prolonged.
China has introduced policies in February that employers’ contributions to the old-age pension, unemployment and workplace safety insurance plans will be lowered or waived to cushion the impact of the outbreak on enterprises.
Previously, micro, small and medium-sized enterprises in provinces other than Hubei would be eligible for a waiver of the contributions from February to June. And the VAT rate for small-scale taxpayers would drop from 3% to 1% in other regions from March to May.
The deadline is currently extended to the end of this year. In other words, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) will be exempted from the contributions for the year. And the VAT for small-scale taxpayers will be further lowered.
Moreover, income tax payment of micro and small-sized enterprises will be deferred to the next year.
Further cut taxes and fees
Reduce enterprises’ production and operating costs
Increase financial support to keep business operations stable
Make every effort to stabilize and expand employment
It is expected to reduce corporate burden by more than 2.5 trillion yuan (about $353 billion) throughout the year.
Also, China is going to promote higher-standard opening-up and stabilize the overall performance of foreign trade and foreign investment, including:
According to the report, China will significantly shorten the negative list for foreign investment, draw up a negative list for cross-border trade in services, and foster an enabling market environment in which all companies, Chinese and foreign, are treated as equals and engaged in fair competition.
- Stabilize the overall performance of foreign trade
- Step up utilization of foreign capital
- Focus on quality in the joint pursuit of the Belt and Road Initiative
- Promote liberalization and facilitation of trade and investment
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SOURCE | China Gov / China Daily