26 Jan '11, 5am

China plans nationwide resource tax: report: BEIJING: China will roll out a resources tax across the country ove...

BEIJING: China will roll out a resources tax across the country over the next five years as Beijing tries to boost local government income and reduce reliance on land sales, state media said on Wednesday. The central government will also overhaul taxes levied on high-income earners and push forward reforms of real estate taxes, the China Daily said, citing finance minister Xie Xuren. Further details were not provided. The resources tax, which was introduced in the far-western Xinjiang region in June to help save energy and cut emissions, will be extended to the rest of the country by 2015, the report said. Energy producers in Xinjiang have been ordered to pay a five-per cent levy on the sales value of crude oil and natural gas. The tax is expected to boost government coffers by billions of yuan every year. The resources tax is part of reforms aimed at giving local governme...

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