Tuesday, November 25, 2008

China’s New Thin Capitalization Rules: Specific Debt/Equity Ratios Established

Excerpt from Practical China Tax and Finance Strategies by Peter Guang Chen (Deloitte Tax LLP, New York City)

Article 46 of China’s new Enterprise Income Tax Law (EITL) provides that a Chinese enterprise’s ability to deduct interest payments on borrowings from related parties is subject to a “prescribed standard.” However, the EITL, which became effective January 1, 2008, did not address what this “prescribed standard” would be. Without a clear answer on an acceptable debt-to-equity ratio in China, many financing and tax planning plans had to be put on hold, particularly for those multinational corporate groups doing cross-border intercompany financing of their subsidiary operations in China.

This important issue was addressed recently in Circular 121 issued jointly by the Ministry of Finance and the State Administration of Taxation.

Read More on Key Issues of Circular 121 (free)