Highlights: China’s taxation of inbound and outbound investment

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Despite the COVID-19 pandemic and some geopolitical tension between China and Western countries (predominantly the United States), China remains the second largest economy and a major player in the world’s economy. Taxation is an important aspect of doing business. China’s taxation of cross-border trade and investment is complex because the detailed implementation rules are regulated in circulars or public notices in Chinese language, and they are sometimes ambiguous for interpretation.    This webinar will address the most important tax aspects of China’s inbound and outbound investment, especially tax issues that an investor needs to consider. The focus of the webinar will be on the taxation of inbound investment and the taxation of outbound investment will only briefly be discussed. Some issues of a tax administrative nature will be covered as well, such as obtaining a tax payment certificate to remit funds abroad for dividends, interest, royalties and other payments that are unique to China. Finally, some attention will be paid to the most recent tax developments.  

Topics covered

  • Permanent establishments in Chinese domestic laws and under treaties concluded by China
  • Taxing the payments made to non-residents
  • Administrative issues of the payments made to non-residents
  • Treatment as tax resident of Chinese invested foreign company
  • Foreign tax credit – relief of double taxation in China
  • New tax developments in China

Learning objectives

Topics to be discussed in this webinar are related to the most important international tax rules from a Chinese perspective and the webinar provides for an overview of the most relevant circulars or public notices and the practice examples in this regard.

After following this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • identify the most relevant tax issues of inbound in or outbound investment from China
  • define special issues that an investor must pay attention to
  • list some unique features of China’s tax system


(at time of broadcast)

  • Shiqi Ma, IBFD
  • Victor van Kommer, IBFD

Field of study


Who should participate

The webinar is suitable for all tax professionals, including accountants, controllers, in-house tax managers and directors, lawyers, advisers, policymakers and government officials who wish to acquire knowledge of China’s taxation of cross-border transactions.

Course level and prerequisites

This is an intermediate-level webinar. Participants are expected to have a good understanding of the principles of international taxation.

Advance preparation

Participation for this webinar does not require any advance preparation.

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Date of live broadcast: 9 November 2021

On-demand webinar

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