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China to Try Out Electronic Taxation Services

China is set to trial electronic taxation services from 1 April 2020. Among the new provisions are the following:

  • Tax authorities will serve electronic taxation documents to taxpayers and withholding agents (recipients) via e-tax and other designated systems. Recipients must sign a “Confirmation Letter” to opt in for such electronic services.
  • Electronic services have the same legal standing as traditional taxation services. Recipients may use the new services to handle tax matters, exercise their relevant rights and discharge their relevant obligations.
  • The “Confirmation Letter” covers the scope, legal effect and channels of electronic service as well as other matters that require clarification.

Full details can be found in the Announcement on Provisions on the Electronic Services of Taxation Documents (for Trial Implementation) (No. 39 [2019]), issued recently by the State Taxation Administration.

Source: State Taxation Administration

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