The current pilot reform in China based on the merger of the business tax applied to the supply of services and the value added tax (VAT) on the supply of goods has attracted considerable attention abroad. Much discussion has focused on the details of tax rules and policies behind the
pilot reform in certain parts of China, with little apparent recognition of the fact that turnover taxation had been imposed in China for decades before the VAT was formally adopted during the 1994 tax reform. This article examines the historical development of turnover taxation in China in
the pre-VAT period, that is, from 1949 to 1993, to explore the background that helped shape the current VAT reform.
The importance of VAT/GST in all the leading developing nations cannot be overestimated. The volume of case law and legislation pertaining to VAT has grown enormously in recent years, with a corresponding increase in interest in VAT among practising lawyers, policy-makers and academic commentators. It is therefore all the more surprising that hitherto VAT has not been the subject of the sustained attention that a Journal is able to provide. It is with this in mind that an international team of experts has assembled to provide a forum for the systematic analysis of current developments in VAT law. The Journal is intended to become the primary source of informed comment and analysis among European practitioners and scholars, and a vital source of information and discussion at the international level. It will be an essential resource for leading accountancy and law firms, scholars of VAT and tax law in Europe and worldwide, European institutions, national tax courts, and practising lawyers specialising in this area. The journal will consist of an editorial, articles (2-3 longer articles and 2-3 short articles), current developments, case reports, documentation and book reviews.
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