Simplified application approval of Chinese Tax Resident Enterprise - opportunity or challenge?
The Tax Resident Enterprise (TRE) concept was introduced in China's Corporate Income Tax (CIT) Law effective from 2008. Under this framework, the State Administration of Taxation (SAT) provided guidelines for Chinese-capital controlled foreign companies (CCCFCs) to apply for the TRE status (hereinafter referred to as 'deemed TRE'), and required that such deemed TRE status must be approved by the SAT.
Recently, the SAT issued Public Notice  No. 9 (Public Notice 9), delegating the approval power on granting TRE status of CCCFCs to the provincial-level tax bureaus. The simplified application for the Chinese TRE status may bring both opportunities and challenges to relevant companies.
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