Pilot VAT programme to launch on 1 June

1 May 2014

China’s telecoms operators have received confirmation that the sector will indeed be subject to the pilot programme for the implementation of value-added taxes (VAT), Marbridge Daily writes, citing a regulatory filing from China Mobile Communications Corporation, the parent company of China Mobile. According to the filing, the telco was issued a joint notification from China’s Ministry of Finance and the State Administration of Taxation informing the company that the telecoms industry would be included in the migration from business tax to VAT. The pilot will be launched from 1 June 2014 in mainland China and will see a charge of 11% levied on basic telecoms services, whilst value added services (VAS) will be subject to a charge of 6%.