Chinese Consumption, City Maintenance & Education Taxes

Aside from Chinese VAT and Business Tax, there are a range of other taxes, including:

Consumption Tax

This is charged on specific goods manufactured or imported into China.  It includes: luxury goods, petrol/gas and diesel, cars and yachts.


Chinese National Education Taxes

This is a 3% indirect tax on the totals of VAT, Business Tax and Consumption Tax (not of the price of the goods).  It funds national educational spend.

Chinese Local Education Surcharge

This is a further 2% charge on the totals of VAT, Business Tax and Consumption Tax (not of the price of the goods).

City Maintenance and Construction Taxes

This is 7% in larger cities on the totals of VAT, Business Tax and Consumption Tax (not of the price of the goods).


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Latest Chinese news

China further 3% VAT cut to 10%

Oct 12, 2019

China is likely to announce this week that it will cut its main standard VAT rate from 13% to 10%. It has already reduced its VAT rate from 16% to 13% on 1 April 2019. China's economy is slowing rapid

China VAT cut to 13% on tariffs concerns

Mar 4, 2019

China is to cut its standard VAT rate from 16%  to 13% in 2019 to help its manufacturers struggling with US tariffs, slowing global demand and a domestic debt overhang.

China raises VAT registration threshold

January 14, 2019

China has raised its VAT registration threshold from 1 January 2019 from CNY30,000 to CNY100,000 for small businesses. The measure is temporary for the next two years.