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China e-commerce VAT

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  • 04 February 2016 | Richard Asquith

China e-commerce VAT

The Chinese state council has extended the VAT programme on e-commerce to a new group of cities.

The programme enables nominated cities to allow online shoppers to buy online without paying customs duties, consumption tax and VAT. This leaves only a reduced parcel duty to be paid.

The Chinese government plans to harmonise the reduced rates to cities outside of the trial group of cities.

The list of cities includes: Ningbo, Chongqing, Hefei, Zhengzhou, Dalian Suzhou Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Tianjin, Shanghai, Chengdu and Qingdao. The programme started in 2013 in seven cities.


VP Global Indirect Tax
Richard Asquith
VP Global Indirect Tax Richard Asquith
Richard Asquith is VP Global Indirect Tax at Avalara, helping businesses understand their compliance obligations as they grow globally. He is part of the European leadership team which this year won International Tax Review's Tax Technology Firm of the Year. Richard qualified as an accountant with KPMG in the UK, and went on to work in Hungary, Russia and France with EY.