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What does China mean for your business? China’s rapid economic growth has made it one of the world’s largest economies today. This growth looks set to continue with the Economist predicting that it will be the world’s largest economy by the end of 2019.*


It is likely that China will remain unmatched by other developing countries for many years to come, in terms of efficiency of government administration such as tax rebates and customs clearance as well as infrastructure such as roads, rail, and ports. Nevertheless, Chinese wages are rising, no longer making it as cheap as it once was to outsource manufacturing. There is a clear shift up the manufacturing value chain. Analysts say that in this era of rising wages the biggest winners are likely to be in China’s service sector – includ­ing tourism, online shopping, healthcare, and financial services.


*source: Financial Times (FT.com China) – When China becomes number one

KPMG’s extensive network and Global China Practice offer a number of services to help you address the challenges of expanding into China to take advantage of its economic growth. These services include market entry feasibility studies, tax planning and compliance advice and global supply chain management.



Aman Wang


Aman Wang


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KPMG in the UK

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Major expansion of VAT reforms progressively from 1 August 2012

On 25 July 2012, China’s State Council decided that the Value Added Tax (VAT) pilot program, currently in force in Shanghai, will be expanded progressively from 1 August 2012. In its simplest form, the VAT reforms seek to replace Business Tax (BT) with a VAT.


The VAT pilot program is to be expanded to 10 locations in China between 1 August 2012 and 31 December 2012. This decision to expand the pilot program to major commercial centres around mainland China during 2012 is testament to the early success of the Shanghai pilot program, and reflects a commitment to achieving substantial reform of the indirect tax system in China. According to the National Bureau of Statistics, approximately 70 percent of businesses in Shanghai have so far benefited from a reduction in their tax burden as a result of the pilot program. With over 150 countries around the world having now implemented a VAT, these reforms should also more closely align China’s system of indirect taxes with best practices globally.

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