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VAT on asset management products postponed

P262/2017 – 3 July 2017

China’s Ministry of Finance (MOF) and the State Administration of Taxation (SAT) issued guidance (Circular 56) on 30 June 2017 that clarifies the VAT treatment of asset management products and asset managers and postpones the introduction of the new rules to 1 January 2018. Circular 56 provides that the simplified VAT method at a rate of 3% will apply on VAT-able activities relating to asset management products.

Although historically VAT or Business Tax has not been levied on VAT-able activities relating to asset management products, the SAT issued a circular (Circular 140) in December 2016, which provided that asset managers of asset management products would be the VAT taxpayers for VAT-able activities relating to asset management products, with retroactive effect to 1 May 2016 (the date the VAT reform took effect).

The circular caused widespread concern throughout the industry, with asset managers arguing that the VAT could have a negative impact on the industry, give rise to double or multiple taxation and significantly increase administrative costs. In response to complaints raised by asset managers in the sector, the MOF and the SAT issued further guidance in January 2017 (Circular 2), which granted a 14-month postponement on the imposition of VAT on asset management products, to 1 July 2017. Circular 56 has further delayed the introduction of the rules for another six months, to 1 January 2018, giving taxpayers more time to take steps to prepare for the new rules.

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Year 2017

P262/2017 – 3 July 2017
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P261/2017 – 28 June 2017
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P258/2017 – 31 March 2017
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H74/2017 – 28 March 2017
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H73/2017 – 22 February 2017
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P256/2017 – 26 January 2017
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H72/2016 – 16 January 2017
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P255/2016 – 10 January 2017
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Year 2016

P254/2016 – 27 December 2016
New VAT guidance addresses industry-specific issues
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H71/2016 – 16 December 2016
Hong Kong Consultation on measures against BEPS
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P253/2016 – 13 December 2016
GAC issues 2017 edition of Harmonized System Nomenclature
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P252/2016 – 22 November 2016
Update on export tax refunds: Revised guidance on administrative classification of export enterprises
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P251/2016 – 7 November 2016
Chinese customs authorities issue updated guidance on customs audits
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P250/2016 – 28 October 2016
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P248/2016 – 18 October 2016
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P247/2016 – 17 October 2016
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P245/2016 – 28 September 2016
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P244/2016 – 8 September 2016
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P243/2016 – 8 August 2016
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P242/2016 – 4 August 2016
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P241/2016 – 13 July 2016
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P240/2016 – 27 May 2016
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P238/2016 – 6 April 2016
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P236/2016 – 2 April 2016
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P235/2016 – 30 March 2016
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P234/2016 – 29 March 2016
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P233/2016 – 31 March 2016
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P232/2016 – 24 March 2016
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H69/2016 – 16 March 2016
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H68/2016 – 24 February 2016
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H67/2016 – 20 January 2016
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Year 2015

H66/2015 – 11 December 2015
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H65/2015 – 18 November 2015
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P231/2015 – 16 November 2015
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P230/2015 – 15 October 2015
BEPS action 7: Preventing the artificial avoidance of PE status
[English] [Simplified Chinese] [Japanese]

P229/2015 – 7 October 2015
Final BEPS reports released: An overall perspective
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P228/2015 – 22 September 2015
Mainland China and Taiwan sign tax agreement
[English] [Simplified Chinese] [Japanese]

P227/2015 – 21 September 2015
SAT issues new rules for claiming treaty benefits
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P226/2015 – 21 September 2015
Discussion draft of "Implementation Measures of Special Tax Adjustment" released by the China's State Administration of Taxation
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P225/2015 – 13 August 2015
China issues regulations on cost sharing agreements
[English] [Simplified Chinese] [Japanese]

P224/2015 – 6 August 2015
Free trade agreement signed with Australia
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P223/2015 – 27 July 2015
BEPS Actions 8, 9 and 10: Transfer pricing update
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H64/2015 – 22 July 2015
A Hong Kong perspective on the EU efforts to prevent harmful tax competition
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P222/2015 – 17 July 2015
SAT issues guidance on tax administration of enterprise reorganizations
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P221/2015 – 15 July 2015
SAT issues new guidance on special tax treatment on intragroup assignment of shares or assets
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P220/2015 – 14 July 2015
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P219/2015 – 26 June 2015
BEPS Action 13: Country-by-country reporting implementation package
[English] [Simplified Chinese] [Japanese]

P218/2015 – 19 June 2015
BEPS Action 8: OECD issues discussion draft on hard-to-value intangibles
[English] [Simplified Chinese] [Japanese

P217/2015 – 18 May 2015
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[English] [Simplified Chinese] [Japanese]

P216/2015 – 13 May 2015
BEPS Action 8: OECD releases draft guidance on cost contribution arrangements
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H63/2015 – 12 May 2015
Update on proposed Hong Kong profits tax exemption for private equity funds
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H62/2015 – 21 April 2015
New protocol for Hong Kong-China double taxation arrangement signed
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P215/2015 – 9 April 2015
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P214/2015 – 11 March 2015
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H61/2015 – 25 February 2015
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P213/2015 – 13 February 2015
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P212/2015 – 6 February 2015
SAT issues new rules on indirect transfers of assets by nonresident enterprises
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P211/2015 – 4 February 2015
BEPS Action 10: Discussion draft on the use of profit splits in the context of global value chains
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P210/2015 – 30 January 2015
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P209/2015 – 23 January 2015
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P208/2015 – 21 January 2015
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P207/2015 – 19 January 2015
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P206/2014 – 16 January 2015
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H60/2015 – 13 January 2015
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Year 2014

P205/2014 – 30 December 2014
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P204/2014 – 29 December 2014
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P203/2014 – 19 December 2014
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P202/2014 – 14 November 2014
BEPS Action 10:  Proposed modifications to transfer pricing guidelines relating to low value-adding intragroup services
[English] [Simplified Chinese] [Japanese]

P201/2014 – 7 November 2014
BEPS Action 7: Preventing the artificial avoidance of PE status
[English] [Simplified Chinese] [Japanese]

P200/2014 – 15 October 2014
BEPS Action 2: Hybrid mismatch arrangements
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P199/2014 – 29 September 2014
OECD Release on Intangibles: Many issues unanswered
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P198/2014 – 29 September 2014
OECD releases the BEPS Project 2014 deliverables
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P197/2014 – 29 September 2014
OECD Chapter I Release: Important guidance on location-specific advantages and passive association
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P196/2014 – 26 September 2014
BEPS Action 15: Developing a multilateral instrument to modify bilateral tax treaties
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P195/2014 – 25 September 2014
BEPS Action 6: Preventing the granting of treaty benefits in inappropriate circumstances
[English] [Simplified Chinese] [Japanese]

P194/2014 – 24 September 2014
OECD Release on Transfer Pricing Documentation: The new global standard
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H59/2014 – 6 August 2014
Hong Kong signs first tax information exchange agreement
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P193/2014 – 11 July 2014
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H58/2014 – 16 June 2014
Proposal to extend Hong Kong’s offshore fund exemption to private equity: A step in the right direction
[English] [Simplified Chinese]

P192/2014 – 21 May 2014
BEPS Action 6: Preventing the granting of treaty benefits in inappropriate circumstances
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P191/2014 – 13 May 2014
BEPS Action 2: Hybrid mismatch arrangements
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P190/2014 – 12 May 2014
BEPS Action 1: Tax challenges of the digital economy
[English] [Simplified Chinese] [Japanese]

H57/2014 – 25 March 2014
Hong Kong’s new Companies Ordinance creates opportunities for tax-free amalgamations
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H56/2014 - 17 March 2014
Newly published advance ruling takes a hard line in determining the locality of profits
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H55/2014 - 26 February 2014
2014/15 Hong Kong Budget Analysis: Visionary budget, cutting down "sweeteners" and few tax measures for individuals
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H54/2014 - 26 February 2014
2014/2015 Hong Kong SAR Budget Highlights - Summary of allowances, deductions & tax rates
[English] [Simplified Chinese] [Japanese]

P189/2014 - 29 January 2014
New China-UK tax treaty enters into force
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Year 2013

H53/2013 - 20 December 2013
Update on Inland Revenue Department's views on tax treatment of share-based payment transactions: Opportunities and uncertainties
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P188/2013 - 19 December 2013
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[English] [Simplified Chinese] [Japanese]

H52/2013 - 22 November 2013
Hong Kong CFA holds unrealized gains not chargeable to profits tax
[English] [Simplified Chinese] [Japanese]

P187/2013 - 9 October 2013
SAT issues guidance on application of VAT exemption treatment
[English] [Simplified Chinese] [Japanese]

P186/2013 - 27 September 2013
China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone: Open for Business
[English] [Simplified Chinese] [Japanese]

P185/2013 - 6 September 2013
SAT issues guidance on application of zero-rated VAT treatment
[English] [Simplified Chinese] [Japanese]

H51/2013 - 22 August 2013
Development of Islamic finance in Hong Kong
[English] [Simplified Chinese]

P184/2013 - 26 July 2013
China relaxes foreign exchange procedures on outbound payments for trade in services
[English] [Simplified Chinese] [Japanese]

P183/2013 - 3 June 2013
MOF and SAT issue new regulations on nationwide implementation of VAT reform on transportation and modern services sectors
[English] [Simplified Chinese] [Japanese]

P182/2013 - 27 May 2013
New Guidance Clarifies IIT Treatment of POst-Acquitsition Capitalization of Undistributed Profits or Reserves
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P181/2013 - 17 May 2013
SAT clarifies when a secondment arrangement creates a PE
[English] [Simplified Chinese] [Japanese]

P180/2013 - 8 May 2013
SAT issues guidance on beneficial ownership of dividends under tax arrangement with Hong Kong
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H50/2013 – 27 February 2013
2013/14 Budget Analysis: Compassionate, pragmatic and cautious with clear positioning of Hong Kong
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P179/2013 - 4 February 2013
SAT further clarifies EIT filing requirements for enterprises with branches
[English] [Simplified Chinese] [Japanese]

P178/2013 - 24 January 2013
SAT updates guidance on application of capital gains article in China’s tax treaties
[English] [Simplified Chinese] [Japanese]

P177/2013 –17 January 2013
SAFE simplifies rules on administration of foreign exchange for direct investment
[English] [Simplified Chinese] [Japanese]

H49/2013 – 4 January 2013
Hong Kong court disallows deduction for manufacturing assets used in China
[English] [Simplified Chinese] [Japanese]

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