On April 24, 2012, the Chinese Ministry of Finance released a report on the first quarter’s tax revenue, showing a tax revenue of 2.58 trillion yuan (US$409 billion), 10.3% higher than the same period last year. However the growth rate was down 22.1 percentage points; it was the lowest in the past three years.
The data show that from January to March, on a year-over-year basis, the domestic value-added tax, consumption tax, business tax, and corporate income tax increased by 5.4%, 15.1%, 7.6% and 20.5% respectively. The growth rates dropped 17.8, 6.4, 18.7 and 17.4 percentage points respectively from the same period last year. The import taxes and tariffs increased by 13.0% and 9.6% respectively, 35.8 and 37.9 percentage points lower than the same period last year.
It is noteworthy that real estate related tax revenue growth fell sharply. For the first quarter, the deed tax and the real estate sales tax decreased by 13.6% and 17.5%, respectively, 41.1 and 45.8 percentage points lower than the same period last year. The land appreciation tax increased by 4.5%, 108.4 percentage points lower than the same period last year. In addition, personal income tax revenue declined by 6.2% year-on-year, down 43.2 percentage points from the same period last year.
A Ministry of Finance official attributed the decline to the slowdown of domestic economic growth, as well as tax cut practices implemented in the fourth quarter of last year.
Source: Xinhua, April 24, 2012