Eliminating Privileges Enjoyed by Foreign Investors in China: Rationality and Ramifications Under a Unified Tax Code

Xiaoyang Zhang


The enterprise income tax law in China has for a long time been characterized by the co-existence of two tax codes applied to foreign investment enterprises and indigenous enterprises respectively. Tax privileges granted to foreign investors give rise to the inequality of tax treatment among enterprises in the country. Under the newly released Enterprise Income Tax Law, a unified tax code is to be applied to all enterprises alike, and tax impetus is no longer reserved for foreign investors. This is a move towards developing a platform on which all enterprises in China can compete equally in terms of taxation. A way forward is contemplated over integrating current laws on foreign investment enterprises into the general domain of the commercial law regime, in order that those mutually exclusive legal regulations presently applied to foreign investment enterprises and their local counterparts can eventually be unified in the same way as in the field of taxation.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.21153/dlr2007vol12no2art221


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