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Our local member provided the following preliminary information about doing business in this country.
Please contact the firm for more information and obtain professional advice in each country concerned.
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General information

Languages :

  • Chinese
  • English
  • French

Population : 14.1175 billion as of end of 2022

Currency: CNY

Current Exchange Rate to USD: USD:RMB = 6.79 as of Feb 07 2023

Standard corporate income tax rate:

25% | 15% for hi-tech enterprises

Main tax incentives:

15% corporate income tax for high-tech company

Other incentives:

depending on projects:
- reduction on purchase of land-use rights;
- corporate income tax, VAT and individul income tax refunds;
- 10% cash subisidies provided on amount of investment for production;
- R&D super deduction;
- other subsidies, for example for: training of local staff, international marketing, local patent filing

Standard dividend withholding tax rates:

10% | 5% for certain treaty jurisdictions

Branch taxation:

Same as a limited company but finally combined into the branch's headquarters

Standard Interest withholding tax:

10 %

Interest expense deduction rules:

Interests on loans are tax deductible

Standard royalty withholding tax rate:

10 %

Laws and government

Common law: No

Civil law: Yes

Religious: Buddhist, Taoist, Christian, Moslim

Federal / national only?: Central government in Beijing

State / provincial too?: Provincial goverments in each province

Data privacy rules?:

Yes. Personal Information Protection Law of PRC

Data security rules?:

Yes. Data Security Law of PRC; Cyber Security Law of PRC

Standards & Tax treaties

Number of tax treaties: 101 valid treaties out of 107 signed ones.

OECD MLI treaty signatory?: YES

Type of tax: VAT

Taxes on foreign products?: import duty + 13% VAT

Taxes on foreign services?: 6% VAT

Typical time and cost to incorporate a local private company: 1-3 months; approx. RMB60'000

Typical time and cost to register a branch of a foreign company: 1-3 months; approx. RMB60'000

Typical business/tax/other issues in the country:

1. The CNY is not freely convertible: all FOREX transactions need be confirmed by the State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE)
2. Hong-Kong is legally part of China, but has its own separate customs identity (it is a separate member of the Customs Union), separate currency (freely convertible) and separate legal system; for all business intents and purposes, Hong-Kong needs to be considered as outside of China.

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