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By Yu Hairong and Zhao Runhua / Mar 12, 2019 01:32 PM / Finance

Head of China’s State Taxation Administration Wang Jun。 Photo: VCG

Head of China’s State Taxation Administration Wang Jun。 Photo: VCG

In the U.S., dreaded tax season is fast approaching. But in China, taxpayers may have something to cheer about.

Nearly 200 billion yuan ($29.79 billion) of taxes were cut as of this January since October 2018, when China launched its personal income tax (PIT) reduction policy, the head of China’s State Taxation Administration Wang Jun said at China’s CPPCC annual meeting on Tuesday.

Roughly 80 million people are no longer required to pay PIT, according to Wang, and 65 million Chinese taxpayers now owe 70% less PIT than they did before the reduction.

The four months' aggregate national PIT fiscal revenue also dropped 14.2% year-on-year, Wang said.

In October, Beijing increased the threshold for taxable monthly personal income to 5,000 yuan from 3,500 yuan. Then in January, Beijing implemented further tax deductions for some household expenses including education, health care, elder care and mortgage interest.

Industry watchers believe the policies will particularly benefit those with lower-middle incomes, while some high-income taxpayers may end up paying more as additional non-salary income is included into the tax base this year.

Related: China to Cut Taxes, Fees by 2 Trillion Yuan as Growth Slows


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